eMirror Vol 25, No. 34 (2021-08-20)

Digital painting of monk with begging hat by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
Digital painting by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 25, No. 34

Friday, August 20th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Mushin Daie zenji  says,

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:

Words can both fit and distort. A true word, a word that might be a wordless action and yet expresses the primordially Awakened Way, defeats or surpasses the old Buddhas in the sense that their words are old while this new expression is alive right now. But whether speaking or not, the old Buddhas in sitting, walking, standing, and lying down bring forth in their lives the reality that expresses itself also as stones, as pillars, as spring and winter and wind and breeze and breath.

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing 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 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 sat in alignment with the August Sesshin. Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, August 17th at her home in the Berkshires. Chantal Maheu sat a two-day retreat in alignment with the August Sesshin. Thach Hoang sat a two-day retreat from Thursday, August 12th to Saturday, August 14th 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, August 21st to Saturday, August 28th

Saturday, August 21st: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Hongren's Teaching" (teisho 39 of 44)
Sunday, August 22nd: SAkN: Five Spheres of SAkN by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Guest Meets Host" (5 of 7)
Monday, August 23rd: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Seeing a Downhill Road" (Dharma Talk 51)
Thursday, August 26th: "The Touchstone 14, Karuna" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, August 28th: "Turning the Wheel of the Way" by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: "Hongren's Maintaining the Mind" (teisho 40 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.

Shugyõ (J) Practice which is intense and strong.

Posted August 20th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Digital image of hanging kettle

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; tamarind curry (red onion, galangal, tamarind, chili, salt, turmeric, deep fried tofu, coconut milk, chunks of shiseido peppers, poblano peppers, red bell peppers); sauteed dai gai choy with lime juice, mirin and garlic.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Thai white and brown rice, basmati rice); Lion’s head meatballs in broth (shitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, chopped firm tofu, ground pork, finely sliced green onions, garlic, minced ginger, shao hsing rice wine, shoyu, cayenne, eggs, cornstarch; broth made from chopped Napa cabbage, vegetable roth, shoyu, sesame oil, shitake mushroom stock, dehydrated shitake mushroom powder, hot chili oil); kimchi.

Vegetarian option: Napa cabbage and tofu soup (vegetable stock, shitake mushroom stock, dehydrated shitake mushroom powder, minced garlic, Napa cabbage, sesame oil, hot chili oil, sliced deep-fried tofu), rice, kimchi.

Thursday Yakuseki:
Mixed grain (Calrose, arborio, Thai 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); thinly sliced green cabbage and daikon, seasoned with sesame oil and lime juice; dipping sauce of shoyu, rice vinegar, mirin, and minced ginger.


Monk in gassho - 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 the Roshi for menu design; to Chunen angya for transcription; to Mishin godo for fresh herbs, shiseido peppers and poblano peppers grown in the monastery roof garden and for looking into the possibility of hiring a bookkeeper for White Wind Zen Community; to Saigyo ino for food shopping each week and for overseeing the creation of a rock garden in the monastery grounds. 

From Fushin shramon:
Thank you to the Roshi for the August sesshin. Thank you to Mishin godo for very delicious monastery grown tomatoes.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to the Office of the Tenzo for the many delicious meals prepared for residents each week. Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing the regular Sunday afternoon samu periods.

From Marc Ivan Valade:
Thank you to Jimnyo sensei for much appreciated Komyo Shingon instructions and how to practise with grief. Thank you to Saigyo ino and Mishin godo for periodic practice interviews and much patience with my recurrent misunderstandings and contractions.