eMirror Vol 25, No. 32 (2021-08-06)

Photograph of one of Roshi's friends (a pigeon) By Ven. Saigyo ino
Photograph of one of Roshi's friends
By Ven. Saigyo ino

eMirror Vol 25, No. 32

Friday, August 6th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

When I present a teisho that is a commentary I will have the relevant sections of the text on paper so that I can read the text to you. Then there are often passages from other texts that would be useful in making this or that point or in simply clarifying a reference made in the text. As the teisho unfolds there are sometimes koan or verses that I might or might not use. Sometimes the point just does not need to be made again and to return to it would dull it. Sometimes there just is not the time to say everything that could be said because we are all listening to the sounds of your tendons and joints mumbling and then grumbling and I don't want to have to compete with them for your attention. Eihei Dogen zenji made use of a few classical teachings in his presentation of Kobutsu-shin but there is another that he could have used but did not that I think that you would benefit from.

This is a teaching by the old Buddha Yunmen Wenyen who lived from 864 to 949. He was a Dharma-heir of Xuefeng Yicun, having also awakened under Muzhou Daoming. He appears in many many koan cases throughout the Hekiganroku and Shoyoroku and his single word barrier has been… a great favourite for many centuries with Zen students who have worked with it in koan study. Here is the koan:

Yunmen said, "The Old Buddha and a naked post merge. What kind of mind is this?"

Answering for the assembly, he said, "On the southern mountain, clouds gather, on the northern mountain rain falls."

-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, August 3rd at her home in the Berkshires. Beth Buerkle sat a one-day on Thursday, July 29th at her home Chamcook, New Brunswick. Tracey Parker sat a partial retreat on Sunday, August 1st at her home in Perth, Ontario. Loïc-Alexandre Ouellette sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, August 1st at his home in Gatineau, Ontario. Julien Jefferson sat a one-day retreat on Monday, August 2nd at his home in Ottawa, Ontario. Robin Whitehead sat a one-day retreat on Monday, August 2nd at her home in Ottawa, Ontario. Elizabeth Eve sat a one-day retreat on Wednesday, August 4th at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

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, August 7th to Saturday, August 14th

Saturday, August 7th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Mazu's Old Hometown" (teisho 37 of 44)
Sunday, August 8th: Sunday, July 25th: SAkN: Five Spheres of SAkN by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Practising Nothing" (4 of 7)
Monday, August 9th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "When on the Road" (Dharma Talk 49)
Thursday, August 12th: "The Touchstone 12, The Practice of Taking Care" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, August 14th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Hongren's Name and Nature" (teisho 38 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.

Shugendo (J): Literally something like "the Way of practicing through chanting deep in the mountains". A school of practice that evolved from an admixture of Shingon, Tendai, Shin-shu and practices with Shinto shamanism.

Posted August 6th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Kiden the kitten in a blue bowl, by Ven. Jinmyo sensei
Bowlful by Ven. Jinmyo sensei

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 (Thai white and brown long-grain rice, arborio rice, basmati rice, and barley); General Tso tofu (semi-firm tofu, poblano, red bell pepper and Spanish onion, sauteed in a sauce made from vegetable stock, tomato paste, shoyu, hoisin sauce, sriracha sauce, rice vinegar, honey, cornstarch); Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (calrose medium-grain white rice, arborio rice, barley); Karaage (deep-fried pieces of chicken in a batter made from all-purpose flour, potato flour, minced garlic and ginger, eggs, shoyu, sake); vegetarian option pressed silken tofu in the same batter); thinly sliced green cabbage and lemon wedges; miso shiru (kombu and shitake mushroom stock with shoyu, mirin, finely sliced ginger and shiro miso).

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mashed potatoes (Russet potatoes, butter, a bit of cream, salt, pepper, Dijon mustard); Beyond burger patties; cabbage, peas and corn with butter, salt and pepper; sauteed rainbow Swiss chard; mushroom gravy (roux, mushroom stock, chopped onion, chopped mushrooms, shoyu, thyme, rosemary, smoked paprika, garlic). 


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 Mishin godo:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for preparing the delicious Samu Weekend lunches. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing the work during the recent Samu Weekend, and to students who were carrying heavy rocks and debris. Thank you to Fushin shramon for picking up a "pool squeegee" to remove rainwater from under the roof deck after heavy rains.