eMirror Vol 24, No. 8 (2020-02-21)


Qingyuan, chinso zenga by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, early 1990s
Qingyuan, chinso zenga by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, early 1990s

eMirror Vol 24, No. 8

Friday, February 21st 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

And that brings us to the koan of the transmission [recordeded in the Denkoroku].

Wuji Shitou comes to Zen master Qingyuan who asks, "Where have you come from?" Shitou says, "From Caoxi." Qingyuan holds up a dust whisk and says, "Does this exist at Caoxi?" Shitou said, "Not in India, let alone in Caoxi." Qingyuan asks, "When were you in India?" Shitou says, "If I had, then it would be there." Qingyuan says, "No good. Say something further!" Shitou says, "You should say half of it. Don't leave it up to me." Qingyuan answers, "I wouldn't mind saying it for you, but then, how will anyone in the future catch on?" Shitou says, "It's not that they wouldn't catch on, it's just that there's no way to say it." Qingyuan strikes him with the whisk. Shitou has Great Awakening.

When Shitou had received transmission from Qingyuan, he left Qingyuan Shan. For 22 years he lived in a hermitage built on a jutting rock at Nanyue, east of Mount Heng, near Nan[tai] si (temple).

During that time, he opened his practice, opened his realization, working intimately with all beings in all worlds in all directions. And, worked moment by moment with a small gathering of students.

This kind of life is very similar to that which has been lived by so many of our lineage ancestors: living in hermitage, living a solitary life that embraces the lives of all beings everywhere. When necessary, working with a small number of people; when necessary, working with a large number of people.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 1: "What We Do Here" Saturday, June 15th, 1996 in the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai".

Upcoming Events

February 26th, March 11th and 25th

The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage at midnight on Wednesday, March 4th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.

Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at 1:45 p.m., on Saturday, March 7th. For more information please see:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program

March Two-day Sesshin
The March two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15th. On Saturday, March 14th, associate and general students may attend a sitting held in the Zendo. Arrival time is 9:15 a.m. (in time for First Bell). The sitting ends at 11:30 a.m. Students attending are reminded to remain on the first floor.

Keizan Ki
March 21st is the memorial for Keizan Jokin zenji.


Alex Bourne sat a partial retreat on Thursday, February 19th. 

To Schedule a Retreat
Please visit this Web page for information about scheduling a retreat and an explanation of the different kinds of retreat (duration and timing) you can sit: https://wwzc.org/retreats. Please note that retreats should be scheduled one week in advance.

Public students sitting retreats should send an email to schedule@wwzc.org to confirm they sat a retreat so that notice of it can be included in the eMirror. Please include the location of the retreat and the duration.

Recorded Teachings Schedule


  • Saturday, February 22nd: "Bright Right Through”: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Dogen zenji's "Muchu Setsumu": "Great Faith, Great Doubt, Great Practice" (12 of 12)
  • Sunday, February 23rd: SAkN "Root Cycle Five" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi "Just This" (Teisho 5 of 5)
  • Monday, February 24th: "The Dragon in His Waters, The Tiger in Her Mountains, Part 1" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari (1 of 3)
  • Thursday, February 27th: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Without Difficulty" (39 of 71)
  • Saturday, February 29th: "Birth and Death: The Works": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Zenki: Complete Activity” and “Shoji: Birth and Death”: Readings of “Zenki” and “Shoji” (1 of 9)


Missed Sittings and Teisho

If associate students are unable to attend the Thursday evening associate sitting, they may attend one of the general sittings to make up for the sitting they missed. General sittings are held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (first Bell is at 7:15) and Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (first Bell at 9:15 a.m.). Please send an email to request permission to attend one of these sittings.        

Teisho presented at general and associate sittings which are part of a series need to be listened to in the correct order and with none missed out. If you miss a sitting please borrow a copy of the missed teisho from the library or download it from the WWZC Media Site as soon as possible, so that the continuity of what is being presented is not disrupted. The weekly list of recorded teisho played at sittings is posted on the web site at:

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

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:


Update on the Plan for Essential Repairs to the Hojo
(Abbot’s Quarters)

Hojo renovation funds raised to date: $12,690
Fundraising goal: $40,000

Essential repairs are needed to the Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters). The needed work includes 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). 

The Office of the Shissui has met with 3 local design/build companies to discuss the scope of this substantial work and is reviewing their quotations. The total cost of the work will be in the region of $40,000. Provided that we are able to meet the fundraising goal, we anticipate undertaking the work in the summer of 2020.

All donations towards the Hojo renovation fund will be much appreciated, and will receive a charitable tax receipt. 


The image above shows the icicle that forms every winter on the roof of the Hojo. It is often over 20 feet long and is causing damage to the exterior trim and roof line and may be causing interior damage and mold inside the walls.

Description of the work
After a recent risk inspection by our insurance company, one requirement for ongoing insurance coverage is to address a buildup of large icicles over winter from the roof over the Hojo washroom. The ice buildup is caused by heat loss through the roof that melts the winter snow, which refreezes into icicles. 

In order to address this, we should be insulating the ceiling of the Hojo washroom. We will use an application of spray foam insulation which will require taking down the interior ceiling. As there is also heat loss through the very poorly insulated walls, we shall also be removing all of the wall plaster and lathe and using spray foam insulation on the exterior walls. As well as heat insulation, this closed cell foam insulation will impede moisture transfer and eliminate the possibility of moisture buildup and mold issues in the room. Because the plaster and lathe will need to be removed in order to insulate, we will be replacing the old shower stall and re-plumbing the shower. 

Replacing the ceiling allows us to raise the height of the ceiling so that we can eliminate the 8-inch step down into the washroom, which is a potential tripping hazard. We can also add new lighting, improved ventilation and proper venting of fixtures. Raising the floor height requires replacing two hot water radiators with under-floor electric heating and installing a new vanity. 

Once completed, all of this work will result in a substantial improvement to the functionality of the living and working environment of the Hojo, the Abbot’s Quarters, and eliminate potential hazards. As the last area of the building to receive any major renovation work, this improvement is a priority.


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.

Shinjin datsuraku (J): “ Dropping through the bodymind” Completely beyond reference point. One of Dogen’s most important phrases. Refer to The Way of the Bodymind and other sources.

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


Oryoki set, charcoal drawing

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. 

Meals Prepared During the Week of the Nehan O-sesshin:

Breakfast: Scallion congee (calrose and arborio rice, slivered ginger, chopped scallions, shoyu, toasted sesame oil, salt, white pepper); scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Mixed grain (white and brown 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: Coconut rice (mixed grain - calrose, arborio, Thai, basmati and barley, cooked with coconut milk, garnished with toasted coconut); tamarind curry (diced potato, carrots, poblano, cubanelle and red shepherd bell peppers, mustard greens, red onion, galangal, tamarind, chili, salt, turmeric); chunks of fresh pineapple.

: Chow mein noodles with sauteed thin strips of yellow onion, poblano, jalapeno, and red shepherd bell peppers, slivered ginger, shoyu, bulgogi sauce; scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Mixed grains left over from previous meals (white and brown Calrose rice, coconut rice) topped with cubes of daikon sauteed in sweet and hot chile sauce; seaweed soup (strained leftover miso shiru stock with wakame seaweed, slivered ginger, shoyu, sesame oil, chili paste, and silken tofu); baechu kimchi.  
Supper: ‘Little gem’ potatoes sauteed until cooked through and then seasoned with garlic, shoyu, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds; jiggae (stew) made with chopped Spanish onions, Napa cabbage, green beans, corn, baby peas, vegetable broth, miso, gojuchang, sesame oil; braised half-moons of daikon garnished with thinly sliced scallions (braising liquid made from Memi, hot chili sauce, sesame oil, shoyu, sesame oil, thickened with tapioca starch).

Breakfast: A bit of everything fried rice (using up leftover from previous meals: mixed grain, halved little gem roasted potatoes, satay tofu and vegetables, minced shitake) garnished with toasted coconut flakes and cilantro.

Meals Prepared During the Week Prior to the Evening Sittings:

Monday Yakuseki:
Jjajangmyeon - noodles with vegetables in blackbean sauce (chunks of carrot, zucchini, onion, daikon, mushrooms, black bean paste, pinch of turbinado sugar, sesame oil, jjajangmyeon noodles; vegetable broth with baby bok choy and ginger; kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (basmati, Thai, Chinese and arborio rice for a blend of different sized grains); pork curry (base of slow cooked chopped Spanish onions and tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, Madras curry powder, Kashmir chili powder, chopped fresh coriander stems, seared pork tenderloin, coconut milk, garnished with roasted peanuts and fresh coriander leaves); salad of thinly sliced Napa cabbage, carrots, daikon, white onion, baby red leaf lettuce, Romaine and spinach with a dressing made from coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce and a pinch of turbinado sugar.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Crusty demi-baguettes with butter; lentil and bean soup (green, brown and red lentils, black beans, white kidney beans, red kidney beans, diced potato and carrots, chopped onion, vegetable stock, tomato paste, thyme, chipotle adobo, lots of black pepper, red wine vinegar; salad of thinly sliced Napa cabbage, carrots, daikon, white onion, baby red leaf lettuce, Romaine and spinach with a choice of dressings; tomato salad with chiffonade of fresh basil, salt, black pepper, red balsamic vinegar.

Baking by Shikai sensei:
Flourless fudge cake; Feta biscuits; soda crackers with and without dairy; oat cookies.


Gassho sign

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 Jinmyo osho:
Thank you to the Roshi for the vast library of recorded Dharma Talks, teisho, and classes he has provided for students over almost 40 years. Thank you to Mishin godo for meal preparation during the O-sesshin; to Saigyo ino for meeting with contractors this week and for cleaning up after some wiring was re-routed; to Endai shuso for picking up supplies for the monastery. 

From Endai shuso
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading O-sesshin last week and for twice-weekly shopping trips for the monastery in every kind of weather. Thank you to Mishin godo for instruction on samu for the Office of the Treasurer. Thank you to Saigyo ino for continuing to meet with contractors as pieces are put in place for the renovation of the Hojo. Thank you to Fushin shramon for reconditioning gong strikers and inkin bells for use in practice halls.

From Isshin: 
Thank you to the Roshi for Nehan O-sesshin and for teisho during O-sesshin.  It’s fascinating to learn about those old Masters who knew the meaning of true exertion which resonates and benefits students today.  Thank you Shikai sensei for tasty and beautifully presented refreshments - the Queen Elizabeth cake was especially appreciated.  Thank you Jinmyo osho for daisan, for driving me to and back from a medical procedure during a busy time for her, for delicious meals during O-sesshin and for instructions in kata.  Thank you Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for leading kata and oryoki and the many tasks you do unseen. Thank you Endai shuso for chanting the Daiji-no-ge at the closing of O-sesshin every evening.  Thank you Fushin shramon for acknowledging last minute changes to my schedule and for his example of how to bow without rushing. 

From Senbo:
Thank you to Roshi for making the Dharma available through a vast body of Teachings, and through engaging relentlessly in the process of transmission, which we all vastly benefit from; to Jinmyo osho for daisan, for the occasional, always well-timed, "kick in the butt", and for ongoing meal planning and food foraging; to Mishin godo for preparing breakfasts and lunches throughout the O-sesshin, all of which were remarkably tasty and nourishing; to all of the residents of Dainen-ji who wake up every morning at 4:00am in order to clean and prepare the monastery for sittings.

Ongoing Project:
"All is Change"

Dainen-ji, being a 140-year-old building, is continuously in need of maintenance and the costs associated with this can be astronomical when such things as porch repairs or exterior painting are needed. This is something that we cannot afford to do, yet must do and so the "All is Change" project has been created. The "All is Change" project is very simple. Most of us have a bowl or a jar or some other kind of container that we keep somewhere at home and fill up with loose change because it's too heavy to carry around. Several hundred dollars has been collected so far both in loose change and Canadian tire money which has been put towards the building maintenance fund. If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, each penny will be appreciated. The “All is Change” container is on the wooden wall shelf under the Sangha Board in the cloak room.