eMirror Vol 25, No. 26 (2021-06-25)

Light reflexion on a wall, photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo
Photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs godo

eMirror Vol 25, No. 26

Friday, June 25th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

This world of ten directions and the limitless events that come and go throughout it, and as it, is inherently intimate and is primordially Awake Awareness. The tradition points out ten directions: the four cardinal directions and four intermediate directions we put on maps together with up and down. But there are directions between directions and they are all arising from the measure of every point of space. This vast array of places and persons and possibilities is the presencing of the mind of the old Buddhas. Stepping forward, we move into it but there is not now more or less of it. Stepping back, we move within it and there is not now more or less of it. This world of ten directions, of numberless dharmas, is where Buddhas awaken and set themselves loose within it and as it and are the primordially Awake Awareness in which it arises. This world is the life of each of us and it is alive as us.

Self-image is the delusion that we live in a world that is not alive, that is not our life. Self-image constructs structures of attention that constrict experience so that it is merely a self in here experiencing a jumble of dead objects and the threats and promises of other selves. The cultures that we have created through constriction and contraction of locating ourselves as a self have all been based upon passion, aggression, and stupidity and their histories are records of wars and plagues and poverty and power. But in each of those ancient cultures and histories, in each moment of each person's life, there have always been available opportunities to open from fixated attention and frozen experiences into the real world. Each moment of your life is an opportunity to release yourself into the primordially Awakened Way because openness is the nature of all experiences and all experiences are the presencing of experiences: Fences, walls, tiles, stones, icicles melting and falling as the daylight lengthens.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginniing the teisho "Collapsing, Dropping, Falling", Saturday, March 19th, 2005, at Dainen-ji, in the series "The Primordially Awakened Way: commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Kobutsushin: The Old Buddha Mind".

Upcoming Events

July 7th, July 21st.

Yaza (all night sitting) will take place on Saturday, July 10th, from 10pm until Sunday,  July 11th, at 8am. 

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, June 22nd at her home in the Berkshires. Tarik Kaya sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, June 19th at his home in Ottawa, Ontario. Tracey Parker sat a partial retreat on Sunday, June 20th at her home in Perth, Ontario. Brian Lakeman sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, June 20th at his home in Brampton, 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, June 26th to Saturday, July 3rd

Saturday, June 26th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Daoxin's Stupa (teisho 31 of 44) 
Sunday, June 27th: SAkN: Dimensions of Space by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Exploring Spaces" (8 of 8)
Monday, June 28th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Washing Up Afterwards" (Dharma Talk 40)
Thursday, July 1st: "The Touchstone 6, Not a Tourist" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, July 3rd: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin:  "Xuansha's Jewel” (teisho 31 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

Dharma Talk by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei Posted on the WWZC Website

Dharma Talk Presented by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei on the occasion of receiving Inka: “Receiving the Dharma Seal: Hekiganroku Case 2: Zhaozhou’s ‘The Vast Way is Without Difficulty’”, Dainen-ji, Sogaku O-sesshin, Thursday May 20th 2021.
Read the transcript: Receiving the Seal
Listen to the recording (accessible only to students of this Lineage): Receiving the Seal

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


Congratulations and deep gassho to Leonardo Nobrega on being accepted as a formal student by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei on June 12, 2021. Leonardo began practising as an associate student in May of 2015; as a general student in February of 2017; as a probationary formal student in November of 2018.



Painted Cakes
(do not satisfy hunger)

Begun by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-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.

Shõjõ no shu (J) The practice of realization.

Posted June 25th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Japanese characters for "Tenzo"

Office of the Tenzo

Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzo kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo (https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/tenzo-kyokun-instructions-tenzo) 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 sensei 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.

Monday Yakuseki:
Cavatappi pasta with garlic/butter sauce and baby green peas; mushroom soup (cremini and shitake mushrooms, mushroom stock, shoyu, thyme, rosemary, lots of black pepper); salad of Romaine, green and red leaf lettuce, radicchio, radishes, celery, chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion; dressing for salad: equal parts apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and mayonnaise, blended with a tiny amount of honey. 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mapo tofu (vegetarian option made with lentils and tofu; meat option was ground pork and tofu. Sauce made with Chinese chili bean sauce (tobanjan), Chinese ground bean sauce (tenmenjan), fermented black beans chopped finely, dried chilli, chopped finely, shoyu, sesame oil, Chinese cooking wine, sesame oil, szechuan peppercorns. Served with mixed grain (Chinese rice mixed with white and brown Thai Jasmine rice); kimchi.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Chinese long-grain rice, Thai Jasmine white and brown rice); bulgogi tofu (cubed tofu, chopped onions, chopped poblano peppers, ginger, mushrooms, dai gai choy, bulgogi sauce), garnished with sesame seeds; shoyu soup (vegetable stock, shoyu, sesame oil, white pepper, sauteed mushrooms, strips of dai gai choy, lots of baby bok choy). 

Monk in gassho - drawing

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 sensei:
Thank you to the Roshi for impromptu lessons on various Linux apps that will make life much easier; to Chunen angya for a gift; to Mishin godo for many hours of administration. Thank you to Fushin shramon for refilling the bird feeder regularly.

From Fushin shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for the June sesshin. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for leading the sittings for sesshin, for excellent cat advice and for sending a yakuseki email to residents. Thank you to Mishin godo for an excellent vegetarian chili. Thank you to George Donovan for a trip to resupply the monastery with 80 kg of bird seed.

From Chiso anagarika:
Thank you to Roshi for dokusan and support. Not only during these times but always. Thank you to residents for all the work they do for the upkeep of the Monastery. It is much more than meets the eye. Thank you to Fushin shramon for continuing Shikai sensei's "Painted Cakes" Zen dictionary, in the eMirror.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for recent dokusan and for preparing so many meals each week for residents. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for regularly leading kata during the morning sittings.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Chiso anagarika for a donation towards upcoming repairs to the monastery's roof gable vergeboards.