eMirror Vol 25, No. 28 (2021-07-09)

The Lotus Matrix of Worlds woodblock
The Lotus Matrix of Worlds woodblock

eMirror Vol 25, No. 28

Friday, July 9th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Dogen zenji says,

The "world" here means that the ten directions are completely the world of Buddha; there is no world that is not the Buddha world. The condition of its collapse should be studied throughout this world of the ten directions; do not study it within a self. Because we do not study it within a self, since the precise time of the collapse is one thing, two things, three, four, five things, it is limitless things. Each of those things is "better without my body"; "my body" is "better without". Do not selfishly begrudge the present and not realize "my body" as primordially Awake Awareness.

This world of ten directions and any world that appears throughout the ten directions and the infinite infinities of the Dharmadhatu is the world of the Buddha. We understand the "collapse" of the world and just how better it is without a body that is held as being "me" or "mine" through each thing and all things that arise and fall away. The mind of the old Buddhas or primordially Awake Awareness is understood and realized with this body and this body can embody the mind of the old Buddhas.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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 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, July 6th at her home in the Berkshires. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day retreat on Thursday, July 1st at her home Chamcook, New Brunswick. Tarik Kaya sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, July 3rd at his home in Ottawa, Ontario. Brian Lakeman sat a one-day retreat on Sunday, July 4th 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”.


Congratulations and deep gassho to Pablo Melchor of Majadahonda, Spain, who was accepted as an associate public student, and to Cirisse Stephen of Victoria, BC who was accepted as an associate public student.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, July 10th to Saturday, July 17th

Saturday, July 10th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Changqing's Twenty Zafu" (teisho 33 of 44) 
Saturday, July 10th, “Yaza 2013: What Comes Out At Night” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin 
Monday, July 12th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Washing the Face with Water" (Dharma Talk 45)
Thursday, July 15th: "The Touchstone 8, The Nobility of the Truth" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, July 17th: “Turning the Wheel of the Way” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Guishan's Mountain" (teisho 34 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.

Shõshi (J) Founding master of a temple or monastery. The Ven. Anzan Hoshin Hakukaze roshi is the Shõshi of the Zen Community.

Posted July 9th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Baby ginger

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:
Thai white and brown rice garnished with roasted peanuts; hiyayakko tofu (grated daikon with a square of silken tofu, topped with a spicy ginger-chili sauce and chopped scallions); tamarind soup (shoyu, mirin, ginger, mushroom stock and tamarind). 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes made with chopped green cabbage and scallions mixed with a batter made from cake flour, grated nagaimo yam, baking soda, eggs, beni shoga (salty, spicy red pickled ginger and hondashi (not included in vegetarian version). The pancake is cooked on one side with a layer of bacon on the bottom; Vegetarian version does not contain bacon - eggs make up the protein component); miso soup (kombu, reconstituted, sliced shitake mushrooms, finely sliced ginger, shoyu, mushroom stock, miso); salad of Romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, radicchio, frisee, celtuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, sliced red onion, rooftop garden baby kale and arugula; dressing made from apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, pepper, and a little bit of honey.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Thai jasmine rice, Arborio rice, basmati rice); Thai red curry (Aroy-D coconut milk reduced, chopped onion, green cabbage, Napa cabbage, chopped red bell peppers, anaheim peppers, poblano peppers, chopped deep-fried tofu, red curry paste, lots of fresh basil and coriander); chunks of Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Little monks bowing, Japanese 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 Mishin godo for contacting Heritage Canada to clarify the issue of a fence permit, and for fresh vegetables from the monastery roof garden; to Saigyo ino for looking into the question of city setback lines on our property; to Saigyo ino, Fushin shramon, Leonardo and David for moving many heavy rocks away from the waterfall feature in the grounds in preparation for new landscaping; to Fushin shramon for daily ‘cat care’, and for planting cat grass once a week for the monastery feline residents, Kitsune (now 21 years old and still going strong), and Shindo (now ten years old). Thank you to Elayne Van Snellenberg for a gift. 

From Mishin godo:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for showing me ways to clarify the organization of the treasurer office and monastery sewing room. Thank you to Saigyo ino for marking out the front property line to inform decisions about design changes for the grounds. Thank you to Fushin shramon for cleaning and preparing the candles that are used in all of the practice spaces. Thank you to Leonardo for looking after the laundering of Hatto, kitchen and samu cloths. Thank you to David for mopping the kitchen floor every week.

From Fushin shramon:
Thank you to Mishin godo for working out on the roof garden in all sorts of conditions such as plus 31 degree temperatures and direct sunlight.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for creating a practice schedule at Dainen-ji that has helped me immensely over the years. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for regular dokusan. Thank you to Mishin godo for her ongoing efforts as treasurer and to Saigyo ino for his ongoing efforts as shissui.

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Isshin for a donation towards monastery expenses. Thank you to Brian Lakeman and Adda Hernandez for donations to the Hojo renovation fund which will go towards two new Hojo windows.