eMirror Vol 24, No. 45 (2020-11-06)

Ven. Shikai Zuiko O-sensei (Feb. 6th 1942-Oct. 31, 2020) during a Mondo in North Carolina

Ven. Shikai Zuiko O-sensei (Feb. 6th 1942-Oct. 31, 2020)
during a Mondo in North Carolina

eMirror Vol 24, No. 45

Friday, November 6th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

On Saturday, October 31st, Shikai Zuiko O-sensei died of pneumonia at the Montfort Hospital. Brilliant, fierce, and funny, she was deeply loved and lived a long life of many accomplishments. An artist in different media, she had been a broadcaster and travelled the world. In 1987 she became my student. 
Here is one of the first poems I wrote for her:

one mind,
one body,
no mind,
no body

in this moment
who are you?

what is this moment?

you breathe in and
breathe out



She was the first student to receive monastic ordination and was a trailblazer for many. Here are some autobiographical comments: https://wwzc.org/ven-shikai-zuiko-sensei. As a practice advisor and then Dharma Teacher she continued to travel for many years. She brought our Lineage's Zen to England and Germany, to prisons and universities. Over the past years as her health suffered she stopped travelling but always carried and upheld the Dharma. 

Since her death and up until Saturday, December 19th, monastics and residents at Dainen-ji have been practising the Komyo Shingon. If you have received instruction in this practice you are welcome to join with us in your home practice.

Traditionally in our Lineage the cremated remains of Teachers are cast into the air to become traceless. During this time of the pandemic this will be delayed indefinitely. When it is possible this ceremony will be held and her ashes will be scattered by the water garden that she loved so well. For the time being, her remains are in the Hojo.

Her two best friends, the cats Kitsune and Shindo, are being well cared for.

If you have memories or stories about Shikai sensei that you would like to share then please feel free to write them down. Eventually these will be collected into a "sayings and doings" (yulu or goroku) commemorating her life, practice, and Teaching.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

Hojo Renovations

Funds raised to date: $45,740.

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


Congratulations to Robert Carew of Ottawa, Ontario, who has been accepted as an associate student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi. Congratulations to Daniel Paulin of Gatineau, Quebec who has been accepted as an associate public student by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi.


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, November 3rd at her home in the Berkshires. Tracey Parker sat a one-day retreat on Wednesday, October 28th at her home in Perth, Ontario. Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, October 29th at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chantal Maheu sat a one-day retreat on Monday, November 2nd 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, November 7th to November 7th

Saturday, November 7th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "Sitting Up Straight" (13 of 15)
Sunday, November 8th: SAkN: Infinite Infinities by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Infinite Points of Chaos" (2 of 7)
Monday, November 9th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Adornments" (Dharma Talk 7)
Thursday, November 12th: "The Four Noble Truths" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Life is Suffering?" (Dharma Talk 1 of 4)
Saturday, November 14th: "Rhythm and Song": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dongshan Liangjie's "Hokyo Zanmai": "Practicing Beyond Buddha" (14 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)

Begun by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei
Finished by Rev. Fushin Comeau shramon following her death

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.

Shojo-ki (J) Narrow Path view.

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:
Tomato vegetable soup (diced white onion, diced poblano, red bell and yellow bell peppers, diced carrots, tomato juice, thyme, basil, black pepper, pinch of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, small amount of cream); cheese toasts (round pizza crusts with several kinds of cheese broiled in the oven. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Calrose and arborio rice; Lion’s head meatballs (ground pork, diced firm tofu, water chestnuts, scallions, ginger, garlic, shaoxing, shoyu, salt, cayenne pepper) braised in a broth made from shitake soaking liquid, sliced shitake mushrooms, shoyu, shaoxing, roasted chili oil, sesame oil, vegetable stock with Napa cabbage; salad of Napa cabbage, thinly sliced carrots, thinly sliced daikon, white onion; salad dressing made from minced red onion, ginger, garlic, honey, rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, sesame seeds, bran oil, lots of black pepper. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Lo mein noodles with garlic, dark shoyu, slices of poblano peppers and Spanish onions, ginger, white pepper, sesame oil; medium-firm tofu sauteed on the griddle with sliced crimini mushrooms, and then tossed in a sauce made from gochugaru, lime juice, honey, shoyu, garlic, toasted sesame seeds; sauteed dai gai choy and bok choy.

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 Fushin shramon
"Thank you to Ven. Anzan Hoshin Roshi for using everything to teach and for teaching us the Komyo Shingon. Thank you to Ven. Jinmyo Renge Osho, Ven. Mishin godo and Ven. Saigyo ino for warmth and wordless examples of how to practice."

From Peter McRae:
Thanks to the late Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei for her words of wisdom which guided my practice and in many ways my life - and for all the laughs that went with that process and which live on.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Chunen angya, Graham Mayeda, and Lindsay Mathers for donations in memory of Shikai sensei. Thank you to Chunen angya and Graham Mayeda for donations to the Hojo renovation fund.