eMirror Vol 24, No. 48 (2020-11-27)


Ven. Shikai Zuiko O-sensei (Feb. 6, 1942 -  Oct. 31. 2020) at Dainen-ji around 2001

Ven. Shikai Zuiko O-sensei (Feb. 6, 1942 -  Oct. 31. 2020) at Dainen-ji around 2001

eMirror Vol 24, No. 48

Friday, November 27th, 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: $46,380.

Thank you to all for your generous donations to the Hojo Renovation Fund which have enabled essential improvements to be made to the Hojo, Abbot's Quarters. The contractors have finished their work and the Roshi will be moving into the newly renovated Hojo, Abbot's Quarters, in the next few days.

We have raised slightly more than the amount needed for the renovation project. The additional funds raised will be used to cover the costs of a new window and window screen in the Hojo over the fire escape. This will replace the existing window 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.

Upcoming Events

December 2nd, 16th and 30th.

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

Rohatsu O-sesshin
The Rohatsu O-sesshin began at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st, and will end on Tuesday, December 8th following Jodo-e (commemorating the Buddha's Awakening).

A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to meet face to face with preliminary students or to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public 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.

Jodo-e: December 8th

December 12th is the anniversary of the day on which the Roshi’s Teacher, Ven. Yasuda Joshu Dainen roshi died.

Joya (New Year’s Celebration)
On Thursday, December 31st at 10 p.m. until Friday, January 1st at 12:00 a.m., we will celebrate Joya or New Year with 108 recitations of the Mahaprajnaparamita Hridaya sutra mantra at midnight.


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, November 17th at her home in the Berkshires. Thach Huang sat a two-day retreat from Thursday, November 12th to Saturday, November 14th at his home in Laval, Quebec. Daniel Paulin sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, November 14th at his home in Gatineau, 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 28th to December 5th

Saturday, November 28th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “The Most Important Thing” (teisho 1 of 44)
Sunday, November 29th: SAkN: Being Between Being by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Death is Unthinkable" (2 of 6)
Monday, November 30th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “In Gatherings or Crowds" (Dharma Talk 10)
Thursday, December 3rd: "The Four Noble Truths" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Practice" (Dharma Talk 4 of 4)
Saturday, December 5th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Upholding Activity” (teisho 2 of 44)

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.

Shoken (J) "First View". The first interview between teacher and student which traditionally involves the student offering incense and a gift and applying for acceptance as a student. 

Posted November 20, 2020. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Tenzo (Japanese characters)

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 godo and Saigyo ino offer assistance as tenzo-anja. The following meals were prepared for residents on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings this week:

Monday Yakuseki:
Garlic noodles (cooked spaghettini mixed with sauteed strips of onion, poblano peppers, cubanelle peppers, grated carrots, a LOT of fresh minced garlic, chopped scallions, vegetarian oyster sauce, sriracha sauce; deep-fried tofu triangles with chili sauce; sauteed bok choy. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Chicken stew (pieces of skinless, boneless chicken thighs velveted - flour mixed with Japanese mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and then browned - low sodium chicken stock, pearled barley, mushrooms, white kidney beans, some carrots, celery, onions, thyme, oregano, lots of black pepper, garlic, dried red chili flakes, a dash of red wine vinegar; Vegetarian option: vegetable bean soup (carrots, celery, onions, thyme, oregano lots of black pepper, garlic, dried red chili flakes, a dash of red wine vinegar, vegetable stock, white kidney beans; coleslaw (green cabbage, carrots, daikon and white onion all thinly sliced, Dijon mustard, horseradish, mayonnaise, lime juice, lots of black pepper, salt); crusty rolls with butter. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Dal Makhani (beluga lentils, red kidney beans, cayenne, cumin seeds, green chilis, minced ginger, minced garlic, finely chopped Spanish onions, asafoetida, turmeric, chopped tomatoes, garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves); basmati rice; toasted naan; tomato salad (chopped plum tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, lime pickle, plain yogurt, salt, pepper).

Roshi bowing in gassho

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 Anzan Hoshin roshi: 
My  deep gassho and gratitude for all who contributed funds and efforts to the repairs and renovations of the Hojo. For almost 25 years the floors had increased their slants, the plumbing more uncertain, the cabinet doors askew, and the heat loss leading to an eighteen foot long icicle dangling outside the window. Thanks to the organizational work done by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho all has gone smoothly and everything in its place. Due to the administrative expertise of Ven. Mishin godo, funds were gathered and dispersed as needed. Ven. Saigyo ino checked on the work of Copperstone, the contractor, and even constructed a new desk for the office. And the contributions made by all students in the Sangha are greatly appreciated.

From Sarah Goul:
Thank you to Roshi for "The Heart of This Moment", in particular how clearly this is presented. I am also grateful to be able to hear Sensei's Dharma Talk series "Every Breath You Take" in her own voice and thankful to all those involved in making the recorded teachings accessible. Thank you to Osho for instruction on the Komyo Shingon. Thank you to Godo and Ino for recent Practice Interviews. Thank you to Fushin Shramon for taking care of Sensei's cats, Kitsune and Shindo.