eMirror Vol 25, No. 33 (2021-08-13)

Zen Master Mushin Daie, Zenga by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
Zen Master Mushin Daie,
Zenga by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 25, No. 33

Friday, August 13th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

This koan appears as Hekiganroku case 83. On his last night in China, Dogen zenji was able to make a copy of the entire collection of one hundred cases with its pointing phrases and verses. Here is the text:

Mushin Daie's Pointers:

Words can fit like a hat fits the head; they can also cover over what is being said. Saying a single true word defeats the old Buddhas. And so they point in the ten directions with their whole bodies and minds, seated like stones, standing like pillars, walking like a spring breeze or a winter wind. To see what I mean, study this:

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."

Xuedou's Verse:

Clouds on the southern mountain,
Rain on the northern mountain.
The twenty-eight and the six see it before them.
In Korea they've gone up into the hall,
In China the drum hasn't yet been struck.
In suffering, happiness;
In happiness, suffering.
"Who says gold is manure?"

Mushin Daie's Comments:

Whether north or south, east or west, each way you face faces you. Suffering and happiness mix together, Buddhas and common people mingle in the crowd.

In this case Yuanwu Keqin did not provide pointing phrases to the koan and so Mushin Daie, our Lineage Ancestor provided both pointers and an additional comment. Mushin daiosho lived from 1748 to 1825 and was deeply committed to clarifying koan practice and study.

-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 25th.

August Two-day Sesshin:
The August two-day sesshin began 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


Congratulations and deep gassho to Challian Christ of Mabou, Nova Scotia who has been accepted as an associate public student, and to Andrrew Campbell of Brantford, Ontario who has been accepted as an associate public student. 


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, August 10th at her home in the Berkshires. Tracey Parker sat a partial retreat on Saturday, August 7th at her home in Perth, Ontario. Tarik Kaya sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, August 7th at his home in Ottawa, 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, August 14th to Saturday, August 21st

Saturday, August 14th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Hongren's Name and Nature" (teisho 38 of 44) 
Monday, August 16th: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "When on the Road" (Dharma Talk 49)
Thursday, August 19th: "The Touchstone 13, Living in the Space of Maitri" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, August 21st: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Hongren's Teaching" (teisho 39 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.


Dainen-ji rooftop basil,  photograph by Ven. Mishin godo
Dainen-ji rooftop basil,
photograph by Ven. Mishin godo

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:
Lo Mein noodles; tofu with chopped peppers in a vegetarian oyster sauce with garlic, ginger, and a little tamarind; gazpacho (cold soup made from chopped kimchi, tomatoes, minced red onion, minced scallions, tomato juice, lime juice). 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Tofu or pork tonkatsu sandwiches (deep fried slices of tofu in panko; pork coated in batter and then pressed with panko; tonkatsu sauce (cooked, blended chopped onion, Asian pear, shoyu, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, sesame oil); kaiser rolls, coleslaw (thinly sliced green cabbage, carrots and daikon, with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lime juice, horseradish). 

Thursday Yakuseki:
Frittata (caramelized onions, eggs, lots of black pepper, topped with tomato slices and friulano cheese, cooked until browned and served chilled); macaroni salad (cooked elbow macaroni, black olives, chopped celery, scallions, red onion, jalapeno, minced garlic, with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar and sriracha, served chilled). 

Drawing of hands in gassho with mala hanging from thumbs

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 Renge sensei:
Thank you to Saigyo ino and Fushin shramon for re-attaching two cupboard units to a wall in the sensei-ryo which were falling down.