eMirror Vol 24, No. 41 (2020-10-09)

Shadows from a staircase banister, photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Photograph by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

eMirror Vol 24, No. 41

Friday, October 9th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.

Maitri means entering into our own experience.

Karuna, compassion, is when we have stepped past our own experience into the experience of all beings, when we have stepped directly into the nature of experiencing itself.

We can take such a step when we step with the whole body, when we step into this moment, when we step through this moment and we drop and leave behind everything that ever was before this moment.

Please, enjoy yourselves.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding the teisho "Zhang Drinks Sake", March 25th, 1990, at Zazen-ji


Icicle hanging from Hojo roof

Not ‘Elective Surgery’
New Update on the Plan for Essential Repairs to the Hojo 
(Abbot’s Quarters)

Hojo renovation funds raised to date: $34,495.50.
Fundraising goal: $40,000

The renovation project to carry out essential repairs to the Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters) began in August and will continue until approximately the end of October. The work is being carried out by Copperstone Renovations.

The three-month project  involves taking down the ceiling in the Hojo washroom in order to insulate, raising the floor, repairing interior moisture damage, and addressing other structural problems (extremely uneven floors, and ventilation, plumbing, and electrical issues). We have had an ongoing problem with a gigantic icicle forming every year on that corner of the building, putting strain on the roof. Making repairs to the underside of the roof to stop the icicle from forming is a requirement of our insurance company, which in turn must meet the requirements of the mortgage company (lenders require insurance) and they set a deadline of a year for us to make the necessary repairs. So this was not ‘elective surgery’ on the building. It had to be taken care of to meet insurance requirements.

The cost of this portion of the work is approximately $40,000. While donations from monastics and lay students earlier in the year took us part way towards the total amount needed, fundraising was put on hold with the start of the Covid pandemic. However, icicles, insurance companies and mortgage companies don’t stop what they do because of pandemics, so we had to begin fundraising efforts again. 

All donations are gratefully appreciated. Please contribute what you can to support this essential work. Donations will receive a charitable tax receipt from White Wind Zen Community. 

Upcoming Events

October 14th and October 28th.

The Roshi is currently in an extended period of "self-isolation" due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Daruma-ki O-sesshin
The Daruma-ki O-sesshin began at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th, and will end on Sunday, October 11th at noon. 

A Note to Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is intensive for those participating and there is no time for monastics to take telephone calls or reply to email correspondence sent by public students (unless it’s an emergency).  Students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.

Beginning Instruction in Zen Practice:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

Retreats and Sesshin

Deshi Isshin sat at home and aligned with the schedule for the O-sesshin for five days; Deshi Senbo sat at home and aligned with the schedule for the week of O-sesshin. 

Beth Buerkle sat a partial retreat on Thursday, October 1st at her home in Chamcook. New Brunswick. Neil Faught sat a one-day retreat on Sunday, October 4th at his home in Ottawa.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is not possible at this time to schedule retreats in the monastery. If you would like to sit a retreat at home please follow the schedule outlined in this page:  https://wwzc.org/retreat-schedule-public-students. We can arrange for a telephone interview or daisan providing this does not conflict with the sesshin or O-sesshin schedule listed above, under “Upcoming Events”.

Listening to Teisho

​Associate and general students should continue to follow the recorded Teachings schedule for the sitting you were attending at the monastery, and listen to that during your home practice. 

You can access the online Recorded Teachings Library at wwzc.org/recorded-teachings-schedule.

You can also use the streaming site at app.wwzc.org to live stream recordings from the online Library. If you have forgotten your password or need assistance with accessing the recorded Teachings, please email schedule@wwzc.org.

Please note that teisho should be listened to in the correct order and with none missed out as themes, metaphors, questions raised and answered evolve in spirals throughout the series.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, October 10th to Saturday, October 17th

Saturday, October 10th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "The Path of Birds" (9 of 15)
Monday, October 12th: "Not Fade Away" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge Osho-ajari 
Thursday, October 15th: "Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Spiders Life Death and Understanding" (71 of 71)
Saturday, October 17th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "Not the Path of Birds" (10 of 15)

Online Access to Recorded Teachings

Students can access the password-protected online Recorded Teachings library on the WWZC website at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings or through the streaming site at http://app.wwzc.org. The custom-built media streaming site allows students to live stream recordings from the WWZC Recorded Teachings collection. It is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, and works with most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It can also be used on desktops.


Photograph of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Daijozan, mid-1980s, by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
Photograph of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Daijozan, mid-1980s,
by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei


Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi has recently completed translation work on some shorter texts by Eihei Dogen zenji from the Shobogenzo. The work on these particular texts is based upon the literal translations that he worked on with Joshu Dainen roshi at Hakukaze-ji around 1977-78 followed by many years of putting them down, picking them up, and polishing. Naturally, more essential texts such as Uji, Genjokoan, Shinjin Gakudo and some 40 others were completed first and have been given extensive commentaries by the Roshi. This batch of texts includes Baike: Plum Blossoms, Ryugin: Howling Dragon, and Udonge: The Udumbara Blossoming and many others are nearing completion. Many of these will be posted on our website over the next few months.

Newly-Presented Teachings

During the January 2020 Sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          January 11th: “Rujing's Broken Broom of Mu”.
During the December 2019 Rohatsu O-sesshin, Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity, Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          December 2nd: Rujing’s Plum Blossoms Again
          December 3rd: Rujing’s Flower for Pindola
          December 4th: Rujing’s Painting Plum Blossoms
          December 5th: Rujing’s Frogs and Worms
Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi presented the following teisho during the November Sesshin, as part of the ongoing series, "The Lineage of Luminosity: Part Two: The Lineage in China”:
          November 9th: Rujing and the Old Plum Tree

Newly Posted Transcript on the WWZC Website

"Zen is Not Kidding" by Shikai Zuiko sensei https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/zen-not-kidding

Recorded Teachings for Public Access

While most of the online Recorded Teachings library is password-protected and only accessible to students of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin, a small selection of MP3 recordings of teisho are accessible to the public at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings. Additional recordings will be uploaded periodically.

MP3 recordings of five teisho are currently available:

Dharma Position https://wwzc.org/dharma-position
Eyes See, Ears Hear https://wwzc.org/eyes-see-ears-hear
Embarrassment https://wwzc.org/embarrassment
Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi's reading of his translation of Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way” https://wwzc.org/bendowa-talk-exerting-way


Ma Ka Hannya Ha Ra Mitta Shin Gyo, Japanese characters

Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

Continuing on with “Painted Cakes: A Zen Dictionary” a limited edition text written by Anzan Hoshin roshi in the 1980s and last revised in 1994.

Shodo (J) “Way of the Brush”. The Zen art of brush calligraphy as practice. A “sho” is a work of such calligraphy.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.com.

Drawing of an oryoki set

Office of the Tenzo

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzokyokun that the work of preparing and serving meals is "a matter for realized monks who have the mind of the Way or by senior disciples who have roused the Way-seeking mind." In alignment with this, part of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's samu for the Community involves personally overseeing the activities of the ancient office of tenzo. Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho serves as tenzo and Mishin ino and Saigyo tando offer assistance as tenzo-anja. The following meals were prepared for residents prior to the evening sittings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Meals Made During the Week of O-sesshin

: Chow mein noodles with sauteed thin strips of yellow onion, poblano, and red shepherd bell peppers, slivered ginger, shoyu, bulgogi sauce, chile oil; scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Calrose rice garnished with gomashio (toasted sesame seeds and salt); miso shiru (kombu stock, shiro miso, ginger, shoyu, mirin, rice vinegar, silken tofu, rehydrated shitake mushrooms); takuan and gari.
Supper: Roasted Yukon gold potatoes; tofu in mushroom gravy (sliced deep-fried tofu in a sauce made from roux, mushroom stock, sauteed sliced cremini mushrooms, diced white onion, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, shoyu, smoked paprika, lots of pepper; mixed vegetables with butter, salt and pepper (peas, corn, diced carrots, chopped green cabbage). 

: Fried potatoes and rice (cubed roasted potatoes, peas, corn, cabbage, and Calrose rice, all leftover from previous day's meals, onions, ); scrambled eggs.
Lunch: White and brown Thai jasmine rice; seaweed soup (strained leftover miso shiru broth with wakame seaweed, slivered ginger, shoyu, sesame oil, chile paste, and silken tofu); baechu kimchi. 
Supper: Thai Jasmine rice; red lentil dal (red lentils, tomato paste, chopped onions, chopped potatoes, garam masala, chopped coriander leaves and stems); cauliflower curry (cauliflower, diced red onion, chopped plum tomatoes, monastery-made Zafrani masala.

: Fried rice (Thai jasmine rice and curried cauliflower leftover from the previous day's supper, caramelized onions, peanuts, raisins, cumin, coriander, and parsley from the monastery roof garden).
Lunch: White and brown Calrose rice garnished with sesame seeds; miso shiru (kombu stock, shiro miso, ginger, shoyu, mirin, rice vinegar, silken tofu, rehydrated shitake mushrooms); takuan and gari.
Supper: Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice cooked with turmeric, with butter and baby green peas; butternut squash soup (blended butternut squash, vegetable stock, chopped white onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, small amount of cream. Also added for texture: sauteed chopped carrots, chunks of sauteed cauliflower and sauteed onion); cubed friulano cheese with sweet gherkins and lemon zest.

Breakfast: Fried rice (Lundberg short grain brown rice with peas leftover from the previous day's supper, cubed yellow onion, cubed shepherd's red bell pepper, garlic, ginger, salt); scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Mixed grains left over from previous meals (Calrose rice, white and brown Thai jasmine rice) mixed with peanuts; seaweed soup (strained leftover miso shiru stock with wakame seaweed, slivered ginger, shoyu, sesame oil, chile paste, and silken tofu); thin slices of cucumber mixed with baechu kimchi, shoyu, white pepper, xiaoxing wine. 
Supper: Cavatappi pasta with garlic/butter sauce and Parmesan cheese; deep-fried tofu, sauteed chunks of poblano peppers, red shepherd bell peppers, and Spanish onion seasoned with garlic and Dom’s Hot Sauce; a pickle of artichoke hearts and black olives.


Drawing of monk bowing

Thank You

If you would like to thank someone for a contribution they have made, please feel free to send an email to Jinmyo osho at rengezo at Gmail dot com, but be sure to type "eMirror" in the subject line.

From Mishin godo:
Thank you to Anzan Hoshin roshi and Joshu Dainen zenji for translating the Dongshan Yu Lu, The Sayings and Doings of Dongshan Liangjie, our Lineage Ancestor who lived 1200 years ago. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the Daruma-ki O-sesshin and for a great butternut squash soup and many other dishes for O-sesshin suppers.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Isshin, Tracey Parker, Bruce O'Roak, Claude Schryer, Chantal Maheu, and Stacey Loyer for donations to the Hojo renovation fund.