eMirror Vol 24, No. 43 (2020-10-23)

Nehan Kyoshiki

eMirror Vol 24, No. 43

Friday, October 23rd, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

The old Buddha, Sakyamuni, died long ago in India lying beneath two tall sala trees. But as the Nehan-ki, the memorial that we will chant for him on the morning that our tradition commemorates his death, says:

The bright moon over Vulture Peak illuminates all directions. The blooming of the sala trees sends the perfume of Dharma to this very time.

The Buddha moved past all grasping and bestowed the blessing of his insight for the benefit of all deluded beings. When delusion is clarified, the true form, the form of Awakened Awareness, is all that is. The exertion of this form has shone for all beings through the ages to this very moment. All beings of all realms, join us in remembrance of this day and join with us in this recitation. We are in awe of the countless sounds, the ceaseless murmuring, the vast Radiance, which proclaim the Dharma and we vow to ourselves proclaim it without cease.

Since the time of the old Buddha there have been those who have realized and transmitted the Buddha's practice and realization. Amongst these were the Chinese Chan masters who often called each other "old Buddhas" or kobutsu as an affectionate term of respect. In the text Kobutsu-shin, Eihei Dogen zenji, an old Buddha, discusses old Buddhas and new Buddhas and even the Buddha called "Old". He speaks of the past and present and of that which is before all of the old Buddhas and is the reason that they are called Buddhas: the Old Buddha Mind or primordially Awake Awareness which they have practised and realized.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning the teisho "Buddhas Loose in the World", Sunday, February 13th, 1990, at Dainen-ji, in the series "The Primordially Awakened Way: commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Kobutsushin: The Old Buddha Mind".



Icicle hanging from Hojo roof

Hojo Renovations

Funds raised to date: $43,045.

Thank you to all for your generous donations to the Hojo Renovation Fund. Your contributions will allow us to properly renovate the Hojo, Abbot's Quarters.  

We have now raised $43,045, slightly more than the amount needed to cover planned expenses for the renovation project. The additional funds raised will go toward the cost of a new window and window screen in the Hojo over the fire escape, replacing one that is many years old and in disrepair. Once we have approval for the window from the City of Ottawa Heritage department, it will provide a properly insulated and safe egress.

We anticipate that the renovation work by Copperstone will be finished by the end of October. Replacing the window may take another couple of months after that.

Upcoming Events

October 28th, November 18th, December 2nd

November 2-day Sesshin
The November 2-day Sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, the 8th.

November 18th is the Memorial for the death of Anzan Daiko zenji.

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

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

Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, October 20th at her home in the Berkshires. Chantal Maheu sat a one-day retreat on Monday, October 19th at her home in Alymer, Quebec.

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 24th to Saturday, October 31st

Saturday, October 24th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "All at Once and Again and Again" (11 of 15)
Sunday, October 25th: SAkN: Tathagatagarbha by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Bodhicitta" (4 of 4)
Monday, October 26th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Amusement” (Dharma Talk 5)
Thursday, October 29th: "Sitting and Walking” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Water Moves Water” (teisho 2 of 3)
Saturday, October 31st: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "You are what is True" (12 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 a daikon

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.

Monday Yakuseki:
Rice mixed with pickled greens (calrose and arborio rice mixed with daikon greens which had been chopped and pickled the day before); braised daikon (daikon cut into rounds, slow cooked in vegetable broth, shoyu and white pepper, dusted with togarashi and toasted sesame seeds); Napa cabbage salad (thinly sliced Napa cabbage, shredded carrots, daikon and white onion); Soup made from the daikon braising liquid with sugar snap peas, snow peas, and silken tofu.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Chicken stew (pieces of skinless, boneless chicken thighs coated in seasoned flour, browned, and then added to chicken stock with pearled barley, chopped mushrooms, chopped Spanish onion, carrots, celery, and carrots, seasoned with thyme, rosemary, red wine vinegar and lots of black pepper); crusty rolls with butter; coleslaw.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Roasted yukon gold potatoes; cauliflower and cheese (cheese sauce made with roux, milk, cheddar cheese, dried mustard powder, sauteed onions); carrots, peas and corn seasoned with butter, salt and pepper.

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 Jinmyo osho for finding several good instructional Youtube videos about how to overwinter peppers indoors, so that the vigorously growing poblano pepper plant from the roof garden can be a perennial. Thank you to Fushin shramon for installing a new control panel in the kitchen stove fan. 

From the Office of the Treasurer: 
Thank you to the following for donations to the Hojo renovation fund: Loic Ouellette, Tarik Kaya, Graham Mayeda, Sarah Goul, Hannah Kent, Thach Hoang, Liliane Busby, and John Maisonneuve.