eMirror Vol 25, No. 01 (2021-01-01)

Jodo-e, photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo, December 8, 2020
Jodo-e, photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo, December 8, 2020

eMirror Vol 25, No. 1

Friday, January 1st, 2021
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

The kinds of old Buddhas that were enshrined at monasteries and temples like Rokuharamitsu-ji were distant religious ideals. Although people often prayed to them fervently, they were at a safe distance either in history or in Pure Lands and Buddha Fields further away than the furthest visible star. Those Buddhas were part of the storybook world of dragons and celestial musicians and saints and demons and stupas floating in the air. Dogen zenji was here to say that there is no place that is safe from the Buddhas, that they are loose in the world. The Dharma can actually be practised and realized.

-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: $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

January 13th and 27th.

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, December 29th at her home in the Berkshires. Probationary formal student David Gallant sat a three-day retreat from Sunday, December 27th to Tuesday, December 29th. 

The monastics and residents of Dainen-ji practised Joya-no-kane, sitting and ringing in the New Year, led by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho-ajari. Simultaneous with this, Chunen Rampal angya at Guelph Zazenkai and Rev. Zenki Hope-Simpson, Dr. Jinen S. Boates and Charlane Bishop at the Wolfville Zazenkai sat for Joya. Vicki Issin Robichaud sat for Joya at her home in Saint John, NB.

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, January 2nd to Saturday, January 9th

Saturday, January 2nd: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “If Parshva Doesn't Inspire You...” (teisho 6 of 44)
Sunday, January 3rd: SAkN: Being Between Being  Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "The Corpses, the Komyo Shingon, and the Crescent Moon" (6 of 6)
Monday, January 4th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: Requesting Ordination” (Dharma Talk 15)
Thursday, January 7th: “The Posture of Practice” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Zazen” (Dharma Talk 1 of 2)
Saturday, January 9th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Not Someone Else” (teisho 7 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.

Sogaku Hakukaze daiosho: An important Lineage Ancestor. Author of Scattered Notes On The Daruma-kata.

Posted December 25th, 2020. New entries are posted every two weeks.


First line of the Gokan-no-ge meal chant
First line of the Gokan-no-ge meal chant

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:

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Minestrone soup (mirepoix of diced onions, celery and carrots sauteed in olive oil, red kidney beans, diced tomatoes, passata, conchiglie (small pasta shells), fresh thyme, much black pepper, parmesan cheese); Option of roasted chicken leftover from the Sunday festive meal; Napa cabbage salad (thinly sliced Napa cabbage, carrots, and daikon with white balsamic vinegar); cheese and gherkins.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Basmati mixed white and brown rice; red lentil dahl (diced onions, carrots and tomatoes, minced garlic and ginger, red lentils, broth, chopped coriander stems, cumin seeds, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, curry powder); Napa cabbage salad with lime pickle dressing (Greek yogurt, minced lime pickle, salt and pepper).

Joya Meal:
Kitsune soba noodle soup: soba noodles; broth (kombu dashi, shitake mushroom soaking liquid, quartered shitake mushroom, slivered ginger, shoyu, mirin); braised daikon (daikon peeled then cut into 1.5 inch rounds and simmered in kombu dashi, shoyu and mirin); inari age tofu (aburaage tofu pouches rinsed in boiling water then simmered in kombu broth, shoyu, and sugar); shanghai bok choy.


black and white graphic of hands in gassho inside a circle

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 gift of a Hobonichi Techo planner for 2021; to Mishin godo for taking care of food preparation over the past month, while I was unable to make meals for residents and for the many, many hours she also spent on administration and treasurer’s work during that time; to Saigyo ino for being available to help me while I was recovering from total knee replacement surgery. He made sure I had everything I needed, brought food and checked on me throughout the day. Thank you to residents for making sure I had whatever equipment I needed. 

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for making the residential training program available to students. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for daisan. Thank you to Mishin godo for the festive meal she prepared last Sunday for residents. Thank you to Saigyo ino for making sure I had everything I needed during my recent 3 day retreat.

From Chantal Maheu:
Thank you to the monastics who have supported my practice since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Thank you also to the sangha: thank you to everyone who sat besides me over the years (your example supports my practice at home) and thank you for your generosity, which contributes to maintaining access to the teachings.  

From Claude Schryer:
Thank you to Mishin godo for the reminder about ‘talking to no-one’ and ‘cutting through the onion’. I also want to thank Jinmyo osho for the Remembering Reality Dharma Talk, which helped me better understand the meaning of the ´Gokan-no-ge: the Five Remembrances’ (Meal Chant).

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to David Gallant for a donation towards the new treasurer computer. Thank you to Jan Elliott for a donation in memory of Shikai sensei. Thank you to two anonymous donors for donations.