Ven. Shikai Zuiko O-sensei (Feb. 6, 1942 - Oct. 31. 2020)
at Dainen-ji around 2005
eMirror Vol 25, No. 44
Friday, October 29th, 2021
Edited by the Practice Council
The White Wind Zen Community:
An international community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985.
Last year, on Saturday, October 31st, Shikai Zuiko O-sensei died of pneumonia at the Montfort Hospital. Brilliant, fierce, and funny, she was deeply loved and lived a long life of many accomplishments. An artist in different media, she had been a broadcaster and travelled the world. In 1987 she became my student.
She was the first student to receive monastic ordination and was a trailblazer for many. Here are some autobiographical comments: https://wwzc.org/ven-shikai-zuiko-sensei. As a practice advisor and then Dharma Teacher she continued to travel for many years. She brought our Lineage's Zen to England and Germany, to prisons and universities. Over the past years as her health suffered she stopped travelling but always carried and upheld the Dharma.
This Sunday, October 31st, monastics and students at Dainen-ji will commemorate her life and death with recitation of the Komyo Shingon at the formal sitting. Students at home are welcome to join in this or to recite the Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra) and then its mantra 108 times.
-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
November 3rd, November 17th, December 1st.
November Two-day Sesshin
The November two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th.
November 18th is the Memorial for the death of Anzan Daiko zenji.
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
Request for assistance with landscaping in the front garden
A large project to landscape the front gardens is underway at Dainen-ji after the water gardens were removed due to damage and the amount of yearly upkeep required to keep it functional. Much work has already been done but there is still a great deal to do, so if any students can offer time to assist with this project please write to Saigyo ino at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, October 26th at her home in the Berkshires. Ian Richard sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th at his home in Ottawa, Ontario. Tarik Kaya sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, October 24th 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, October 30th to Saturday, November 6th
Saturday, October 30th: "Drawn In, Moving Forth": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: "Cutting, Exerting. An Introduction" (5 of 28)
Sunday, October 31st: SAkN “Root Cycle One” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Knowing” (teisho 4 of 6)
Monday, November 1st: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: "Seeing Thorn Trees" (Dharma Talk 61)
Thursday, November 4th: "The Meaning of Mindfulness" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei
Saturday, November 6th: "Drawn In, Moving Forth": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: "Simple Wonder" (5 of 28)
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
Shusho ichinyo (J): The oneness of practice and Awakening.
Posted October 29th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.
Harvesting still from the roof garden,
Photograph by Ven. Mishin Roelofs 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.
Thai white and brown rice; poblano peppers, shishito peppers, red bell peppers, chopped Spanish onions, chopped medium-firm tofu in a chili sauce; baechu kimchi.
Mixed grain (calrose rice, arborio rice, pearled barley, and basmati rice); karaage - Japanese fried chicken); deep fried tofu in batter; dipping sauce of shoyu, rice vinegar, minced ginger, sesame oil, mirin; braised daikon (daikon donated by Shigemi Ichino); baechu kimchi.
Conchiglie pasta in garlic butter sauce (chopped spanish onion, lots of minced garlic, pepperoncini, olive oil, butter, lime juice, parmesan, cream, salt, pepper); tomato soup (sauteed then pureed minced onion, carrots, celery, thyme, garlic, tomato juice, olive oil); cubed friulano with sliced gherkins.
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 providing daily ‘day-care’ for Shindo (one of the monastery cats) in the mornings in the Hojo while I am doing food preparation and tending to other matters; to Mishin godo for taking care of various tasks for me while I was ill over the past few days (not Covid); to Saigyo ino for checking on me every few hours. to Saigyo ino and David Gallant for adding me to their car insurance so that I can use their cars for food shopping.
From Mishin godo:
Thank you to David Gallant for looking after selling various unused items on Kijiji with funds going to the monastery.
From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for a $5,000 donation from her pension fund to cover the cost of demolition in the empty rooms on the first floor (formerly Shikai O-sensei’s quarters) that included a contribution toward the cost of testing for asbestos in the floors and wall tiles which was positive - hence the need for demolition. Thank you to Gillian Hern for a donation to the Hojo library fund. Thank you to Mario Deslisle for a donation.