eMirror Vol 25, No. 31 (2021-07-30)

Stupa at Knowlan Mountain Zendo, Wolfville Zazenkai, Photograph by Dr. Jinen Boates
Stupa at Knowlan Mountain Zendo,
Wolfville Zazenkai, Photograph by Dr. Jinen Boates

eMirror Vol 25, No. 31

Friday, July 30th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Particles of dust mingle and mix in mid-air and bright light. Some of this dust is shed by me, shed by you, by him and by her. Particles of us are dancing with each other, weaving patterns guided by the interactions of air and heat and gravity. Colours and forms, sounds and smells, tastes and sensations, feelings and thoughts and the numberless dharmas all merge completely with each other as this present moment, as experiences arising within Experiencing.

The practice of the old Buddhas is to realize and express the primordially awakened nature of experiencing with their whole bodyminds. Huizhong said that the old Buddha mind was "fences, walls, tiles, stones." And so it is also floors, doors, posts, and pillars. It is the sunlight and nightfall of early spring. It is birdsong and buds swelling on branches and insects hatching. It is whatever is and yet there is nothing that is the same as it. We are all the activity and intelligence of the mind of the old Buddhas. And yet we are each specific and unique. The mind of the old Buddhas is every one and every thing but there is nothing that is the same as it. This is what the old Buddhas have always and will always try to convey, to bring forth and expose.

Here is an old kien-mondo involving our Ancestor Shitou Xiqian, whom we have discussed earlier in this series and many times in other places.

A monk asked Shitou, "What is the meaning of the Founding Ancestor's coming from the West?"
Shitou said, "Ask that temple post."
The monk said, "I don't understand."
Shitou said, "I don't understand either."

The post is mute but it stands exposed. To understand the Founding Ancestor Bodhidharma's meaning, why he made the difficult journey from India to China and what he carried with him, we must go beyond our usual understandings and be exposed and naked to our own experience as the post is, beyond all of our descriptions and imagery. Only through actively not knowing, through thoroughly not understanding can we allow an opening in which the space of Awareness is known and understood as it is. Each experience, each colour and sensation and sound always provide an opportunity to go past your knowledge about something into the open wonder that allows the luminosity of Knowing in itself to be lit up by knowns. If there is a "you" or an "I", then there is no such understanding.
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning the teisho "Epilogue: The Naked Post", Saturday, April 9th, 2005, at Dainen-ji, in the series "The Primordially Awakened Way: commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Kobutsushin: The Old Buddha Mind".

Upcoming Events

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


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, July 27th at her home in the Berkshires. Tracey Parker sat a partial retreat on Saturday, July 24th at her home in Perth, 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.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, July 31st to Saturday, August 7th

Saturday, July 31st: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Furong's Gruel" (teisho 36 of 44) 
Monday, August 2nd: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Setting out on the Road" (Dharma Talk 48)
Thursday, August 5th: "The Touchstone 11, Entering the Space of Maitri" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, August 7th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Mazu's Old Hometown" (teisho 37 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



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.

Shõtõ immo ji (J):  Just this moment.

Posted July 23rd, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Spoon by Sengai
Spoon by Sengai

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:
Mixed grain (white and brown Thai Jasmine rice); bulgogi tofu (chopped Spanish onion, mixed peppers, deep-fried tofu triangles, bulgogi sauce; ginger, shoyu); Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Calrose, Arborio, pearled barley, basmati, Thai white rice); ganmodoki (mashed silken tofu, chopped medium-firm tofu, minced shiseido, seeded red chilies, jalapeno peppers, minced scallions and ginger, egg whites, salt, rice flour) formed into balls, rolled in potato flour and deep-fried); dipping sauce made of shoyu, minced ginger, rice vinegar); baechu kimchi.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Cavatappi pasta with garlic/butter sauce and Parmesan cheese; bok choy sauteed with butter, red balsamic vinegar, garlic, lots of black pepper, and red kidney beans; tomato salad with black olives in a white balsamic vinegar dressing.


Gassho graphic (hands in mudra in 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 Fushin shramon:
Thank you to Saigyo ino for cheerfully explaining how to repair and mud drywall. Thank you to Leonardo Nobrega for monastery cloth management, cleaning and sorting. Thank you to David Gallant for taking care of the garbage receptacles. Thank you to George Donovan for delivering a large number of 30kg bags of stone dust this week.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for a number of things: For regular dokusan and many years of daisan. For accepting me as a probationary formal student. For the invaluable relationship between Teacher and student which has allowed me to avoid many pitfalls and potholes in the road over the years. For always being there to respond if I had questions or concerns as a student. For the many times I have received practical advice on how to make choices and take care of everyday matters. For regularly showing me how my perspective can be narrow on a specific issue and how to take a wider view. For brutal honesty when needed and a good sense of humour. For the many laughs that we have had together during daisan and dokusan.