eMirror Vol 25, No. 29 (2021-07-16)

Beloved monastery cat Kitsune has died, aged 21; Photograph by the late Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei
Beloved monastery cat Kitsune has died, aged 21;
Photograph by the late Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei

eMirror Vol 25, No. 29

Friday, July 16th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Dogen zenji concludes Kobutsu-shin, saying,

Truly, before the seven Buddhas, primordially Awake Awareness stands like a wall; after the seven Buddhas, primordially Awake Awareness is newly arisen. Before the Buddhas, primordially Awake Awareness blossoms as a flower; after the Buddhas, primordially Awake Awareness forms its fruit. Before primordially Awake Awareness, primordially Awake Awareness is dropped through.

Even before there were any Buddhas to awaken to it, primordially Awake Awareness stood like a wall. By sitting and facing it directly, Buddhas awaken and arise. Before the Buddhas the mind of the old Buddhas flowered but with the Buddhas it could come to fruition and nourish beings with the Dharma. In order for primordially Awake Awareness to be what it is, it drops through itself, it does not hold on to itself, it is utterly free of grasping. Rujing had said that zazen is shinjin-datsaraku  or "dropping through the bodymind" on Mount Tiantong. Hearing these words, at that time Dogen realized for himself the precise time of the collapse of the world and that his own body was itself primordially "better without:" Better without him, better turned out to the openness of the world, better just left always and naturally open. Dropping through, releasing, opening to the openness that is always open is how old Buddhas and new Buddhas are let loose in the world.

-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, August 11th and 25th.

August Two-day Sesshin:
The August two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 15th. 

August 28th is Dogen-ki, the memorial of Eihei Dogen zenji's death.

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


Ven. Chunen angya and Rev. Zenki anagarika sat Yaza on Saturday, July 10th. Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, July 13th at her home in the Berkshires. Loïc-Alexandre Ouellette sat a partial retreat on Saturday, July 10th at his home in Gatineau, Ontario. Thach Hoang sat Yaza on July 9th to July 10th at his home in Laval, Quebec.

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.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, July 17th to Saturday, July 24th

Saturday, July 17th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Guishan's Mountain" (teisho 34 of 44)
Sunday, July 18th: SAkN: Five Spheres of SAkN by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Donshan's Wu-Wei" (2 of 7)
Monday, July 19th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Picking Up a Walking Staff" (Dharma Talk 46)
Thursday, July 22nd: "The Touchstone 9, Honestly" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, July 24th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Yangshan's Circles" (teisho 35 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:
Brown rice with butter; cubed tofu and baby green peas with barbecue sauce mixed with tamarind, minced garlic and chopped onion; gazpacho made from kimchi, chopped tomatoes, diced red onion, chopped scallions, red wine, lime juice, tomato juice, lots of black pepper. 
Tuesday Yakuseki:
Chinese rice with scallions; deep fried tofu in General Tso’s sauce (vegetable stock, tomato paste, shoyu, hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce, rice vinegar, honey, cornstarch), garnished with scallions; meat version: thick Spam batonettes in General Tso’s sauce; side dish of karage (chicken); Salad of mixed greens, radicchio, thinly sliced white onion. Dressing made from peanut butter, rice vinegar, shoyu, honey, lime juice, minced ginger, sesame oil, minced garlic, chili flakes.  

Thursday Yakuseki:
Bow tie pasta with a butter-garlic sauce (butter, bran oil, diced white onion, minced garlic, lime juice, Parmesan cheese, chili flakes, small amount of cream; salad of frisee, radicchio, thinly sliced white onion, sliced radishes, celery, tomatoes, and cucumbers with a balsamic vinegar dressing; chilled tomato juice.


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 Gillian Higenbottam:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for accepting the responsibility of Dharma Heir, and for her compelling Dharma Talk to the Sangha “On Receiving the Dharma Seal”. Thank you to all who made this Talk available to students so quickly, on the web site. Thank you to Mishin godo and Saigyo ino for regular telephone practice interviews regardless of where I am located on the planet. Thank everyone involved for the beautiful photo galleries in the website, which I look at when I need a reminder of how practice can be seen.