eMirror Vol 25, No. 11 (2021-03-11)

Shindo, portrait by the late Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei
Shindo, portrait by the late Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei

eMirror Vol 25, No. 11

Friday, March 11th, 2021
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

Buddhas of old, Buddhas of cold and heat, Buddhas of rice, Buddhas of wheat, Buddhas of feet and eyes, Buddhas of sighs and songs, Buddhas of sickness, Buddhas of death, Buddhas of birth. When we know where to look for a Buddha, then we see Buddhas everywhere. Not just on Dayu peak but in the Ottawa Valley and underneath a sleeping cat, there is radiance pervading everywhere as everything.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning the teisho "Subtle and Mysterious Mind", Tuesday, February 15th, 1990, at Dainen-ji, in the series "The Primordially Awakened Way: commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Kobutsushin: The Old Buddha Mind".

Upcoming Events

March 31st.

March Two-day Sesshin:
The March two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 14th.

March 21st is the memorial for Keizan Jokin 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


Beth Buerkle sat a one-day on Thursday, March 4th at her home Chamcook, New Brunswick. Thach Huang sat a two-day retreat from Friday, March 5th to Sunday, March 7th at his home in Laval, Quebec. Chantal Maheu sat a two-day retreat on Friday, March 5th and Saturday, March 6th at her home in Alymer, Quebec.  Tarik Kaya sat a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 6th at his home in Ottawa, Ontario.

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, March 13th to Saturday, March 20th

Saturday, March 13th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Hard Luck Stories” (teisho 16 of 44)
Monday, March 15th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Receiving Instruction from their Teacher" (Dharma Talk 25)
Thursday, March 18th: "Freedom and Tyranny" by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "The Language of Self-Image" (3 of 4)
Saturday, March 20th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Traces of Tracelessness" (teisho 17 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.


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.

Shinsõ o totonu (J) Harmonize the mind.

Posted March 5th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.

Japanese kettle on a hook (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. The following meals were prepared for residents on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings this week:

Monday Yakuseki:
Tamarind soup (tamarind, shoyu, mirin, ginger, chopped cabbage cores, served with Taiwanese-style cut noodles); Warm squares of silken tofu served with a savory sauce (shoyu, rice vinegar, mirin, chopped garlic, ginger, scallions, cooked, strained, and drizzled on the tofu, garnished with thinly sliced scallions); Burmese “lethok” (mixed salad) made with shredded cabbage, salted for 45 minutes and then rinsed and squeezed to remove excess liquid, mixed with very thinly sliced plum tomato spears, chopped coriander, red onion oil and crispy fried red onion pieces, lime juice, shoyu, toasted sesame seeds and crushed roasted peanuts.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Braised beef (mirepoix, passata, tomato juice, salt, black pepper, thyme, garlic); mashed Yukon gold potatoes; mashed rutabaga with lots of pepper; roasted carrot batonettes.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Lundberg Farms short-grain brown rice, brown long-grain jasmine rice, Calrose white rice, Arborio rice, barley); ganmodoki (mashed firm tofu, nagaimo yam, chopped shishito peppers, minced ginger, chopped reconstituted shitake mushrooms, salt, rolled in potato flour and deep fried); dipping sauce of shoyu and chili oil; vegetable soup with ginger, shoyu, shaoshing, lots of fresh baby bok choy.


Monks bowing (Japanese painting)

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 Ryoshin Jennifer Comeau: 
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for detailed instruction in Maitri Bhavana practice.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Jinmyo osho for regular daisan and much practical wisdom. Thank you to Jinmyo osho and Mishin godo for instruction on extending the length of my kunsu. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for leading kata during the morning sittings.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to David Gallant and Graham Mayeda for donations.