eMirror Vol 24, No. 44 (2020-10-30)

Plant with snow, photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Rengo osho-ajari, October 2020

Photograph by Ven. Jinmyo Rengo osho-ajari, October 2020

eMirror Vol 24, No. 44

Friday, October 30rd, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Dogen zenji begins,

The succession of the Dharma of the Lineage of Ancestors is forty Ancestors from the seven Buddhas to [the Sixth Ancestor, Huineng] Caoxi. It is forty Buddhas from Caoxi to the seven Buddhas. Since the seven Buddhas all have the virtues of both ascending and descending,1 it moves to Caoxi and returns to the seven Buddhas. Since Caoxi has the virtue of both ascending and descending, it is authentically transmitted from the seven Buddhas to him, is authentically transmitted to them by Caoxi, and is authentically transmitted to later Buddhas.

It is not only a matter of before and after: At the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, there were the Buddhas throughout the ten directions. At the time of [Huineng's heir] Qingyuan, there was [his fellow heir] Nanyue. At the time of Nanyue, there was Qingyuan. Similarly, at the time of [Qingyuan's heir] Shitou, there was [Nanyue's heir] Jiangxi. That they do not obstruct each other is not to say that they are unrelated. The fact that they have such a virtue is something to be investigated.2

Though these forty Buddhas and Ancestors spoken of above are all "old Buddhas," each has their own mind, their own body, their own radiance, their own realm. Each is "long past"3 and each is "never passing". Whether it is "long past" or "never passing," it is equally a virtue of the old Buddhas. Studying the way of the old Buddhas is to realize the way of the old Buddhas, in generation after generation of old Buddhas. Though "old Buddhas" is the same "old" as in "new and old," they go beyond past and present,4 they pass right through past and present.

1 Kojo-koge.
2 Traditionally, each Buddha dwells in their own Pure Land or Field of Awakening. The point here is that although these Masters were Buddhas they dwelled together in the same land.
3"A monk asked, 'What is [the Buddha] Vairocana, the original body?' The master [Nanyang Huizhong] answered, 'The old Buddha is long past.'"
4 Kokon. "Past and present." Also meaning "all ages" or "all time."

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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".

Hojo Renovations

Funds raised to date: $45,065.

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 $45,065, 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

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


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, October 27th at her home in the Berkshires. Chantal Maheu sat two one-day retreats on Wednesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 29th 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”.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, October 31st to Saturday, November 7th

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)
Sunday, November 1st: SAkN: Infinite Infinities by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Unfolding, Enfolding" (1 of 7)
Monday, November 2nd: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “In the Rooms of Palaces" (Dharma Talk 6)
Thursday, November 5th: "Sitting and Walking” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Flowing” (teisho 3 of 3)
Saturday, November 7th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "Sitting Up Straight" (13 of 15)

Listening to Teisho and Dharma Talks

​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.

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:
Cantonese noodles mixed with a sauce made from peanut butter, dark shoyu, Szechuan peppercorns, thinly sliced poblano peppers, tofu batonettes, and thick slices of Spanish onion, garnished with peanuts; baby bok choy, bok choy sum, and green beans cooked with garlic and a little vegetarian oyster sauce. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Peameal bacon roasted, sliced, and then seared on the griddle; tomato bisque (blended cooked Spanish onion, celery, carrots, garlic, poblano peppers, tomato juice, red balsamic vinegar, thyme, black pepper, garnished with fresh oregano leaves); crusty rolls with butter; coleslaw (thinly sliced green cabbage, white onion, carrots and daikon, Dijon mustard, horseradish, lime juice, lots of black pepper); vegetarian option: tomato bisque with added beans, coleslaw, crusty rolls. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Legume soup (green and yellow split peas, red lentils, green lentils, barley, vegetable stock, tomato paste, thyme, rosemary, cumin, smoked paprika, red chili flakes, lots of black pepper, splash of red wine vinegar; croutons (chopped up stale bread, bran oil, garlic and onion powder, salt, black pepper, toasted until golden-brown); salad (thinly sliced Napa cabbage, daikon, carrots, and white onion) with white balsamic or chipotle mayonnaise for dressing.

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 and Saigyo ino for overseeing the renovation that the contractors are doing in the Hojo to catch any issues and ensure top quality work.

From Chiso anagarika:
Thank you to Roshi for all the support and dokusan during these difficult times. It means a lot.
Thank you the Jinmyo osho for updates about the Hojo renovations. Thank you to Mishin godo for pictures of the roof garden.

From David Gallant: 
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for the nutritious meals prepared each week for residents, and for weekly daisan. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for leading kata during the morning sittings. 

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Jean-Francois St. Louis and Adda Hernandez for a donation to the Hojo renovation fund.