eMirror Vol 25, No. 47 (2021-11-19)

Mu and Shin sho By Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
Mu and Shin sho
By Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

eMirror Vol 25, No. 47

Friday, November 19th
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Do you know what else I like? I like likes and dislikes that are open to question, that are vulnerable to new information, that are flexible and evolve. I dislike likes and dislikes that are based on habit, on stances such as “I only eat unrefined foods” or “I only like gummy heavy white foods with lots of cheese and gravy that put me to sleep.” I like learning and experiencing something in detail. I dislike avoiding a food or a music or an experience or an interaction simply because it has not already been coated by associations and personal history.

Unfortunately you might dislike some of the things that I say. I would like you to consider this to be an opportunity to see what might be at the root of that dislike. I would not like you to just adopt whatever I say because I have said it. If I say this about the scent of aloeswood but you prefer sandalwood, that is not the point. If I say that this or that music tends to churn states but you find that listening to it helps show you how to be willing to hear traffic sound or be able to hear the sound of incense falling, then I would not want you to reject it and listen to music that, to you, sounds turgid and merely solemn. But I also would not like you to reject what I say just because you did not say it or because it does not match the kinds of things that you say. I would like you to explore the fields of the senses and to discover the flowers there. This is the point.

In previous sesshin that have been presented on the Zen Arts I have provided instruction in particular arts such as sho or ikebana or renga composition. In the following teisho I would like to speak with you not so much on specific art forms in detail but to discuss what is common to them using specific examples. And so in these teisho we will look into the sense bases and sense fields, the ayatanas or spheres of interactions, the seeing and the seen, the hearing and the heard and how various art forms might show you your own clarity, your vividness, your luminosity.

So, please, this evening, enjoy your clarity, your vividness, your luminosity.

-Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding Class One: "Flowering of the Senses" in the series "Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses", October 1999 Daruma-ki O-sesshin, Dainen-ji.

Upcoming Events

December 1st and 15th.

November 18th is the Memorial for the death of Anzan Daiko zenji.

Rohatsu O-sesshin
The Rohatsu O-sesshin began at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1st, and will end on Wednesday, December 8th following Jodo-e (commemorating the Buddha's Awakening).

A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.

Jodo-e (commemorating the Buddha's Awakening)
December 8th

December 12th is the anniversary of the day on which the Roshi’s Teacher, Ven. Yasuda Joshu Dainen roshi died.

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 to Rev. Fushin shramon on being accepted as a student by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei on November 14th, 2021. Fushin shramon began practising as an associate student in November of 2005; he was accepted as a probationary formal student by Shikai Zuiko O-sensei in April of 2009; began training as a formal student in May 2011. He received the Three Jewels in August of 2011. He received the Sixteen Bosatsu-kai and the Forty-eight Supporting Precepts in shukke-tokudo as a postulant for monastic training from the Roshi in May of 2015. And on May 20th, 2016 Ven. Fushin anagarika received Novice Monk Vows from Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi. 

Congratulations to David Gallant on being accepted as a formal student by ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei on November 15th, 2021. David began practising as an associate student in July of 2009; He was accepted by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei as a probationary formal student in November of 2017.


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, November 16th at her home in the Berkshires. 

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, November 20th to Saturday, November 27th

Saturday, November 20th: "Drawn In, Moving Forth": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: "Waiting for a Swelling Tide" (8 of 28)
Sunday, November 21st: SAkN “Root Cycle One” by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: “Truths" (teisho 6 of 6)
Monday, November 22nd: “Every Breath You Take” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko o-sensei: “Seeing Trees In Bloom" (Dharma Talk 64)
Thursday, November 25th: "All Around, All at Once, part two: The Whole World is Already Ready" by Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei  
Saturday, November 27th: "Drawn In, Moving Forth": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Bendowa: A Talk on Exerting the Way”: "The Buddha's Mudra" (9 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 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.

Recorded Teachings for Public Access

While most of the online Recorded Teachings library is password-protected and only accessible to students of the Lineage of Zen Master Anzan Hoshin, a small selection of MP3 recordings of teisho are accessible to the public at wwzc.org/recorded-teachings Additional recordings will be uploaded periodically. MP3 recordings of four recorded teisho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi 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

Repairs to the Wolfville Zazenkai's Knowlan Mountain Zendo

This summer and autumn Rev. Zenki Hope-Simpson anagarika took time off work to do much needed maintenance and upgrades to the Wolfville Zazenkai Knowlan Mountain Zendo. The outside siding and trim are being repaired, and the outside of the building has now received 2 coats of paint. Planning for the long term, and inspired in part by the need to physically distance during the pandemic, a large outdoor practice deck is being built, suitable for doing kinhin and the Daruma Kata-aiki outdoors.
About 25 years ago, the then Shikai godo visited Wolfville and did a series of workshops in Nova Scotia. During that visit, a densho, made from cutting an acetylene tank in half, was installed outside the Zendo. That densho now hangs in the main stairway at Dainen-ji. The other half of the tank remained here at the Wolfville Zendo. To mark continuity and commemorate the one-year anniversary of Shikai sensei’s death, Jinen and Zenki anagarika made a  new post for the densho.

Outdoor densho (hanging bell) in Wolfville, NS

Jinen has just made a han for the Zendo building. The wood is local American Elm, from an over two hundred year old tree cut down because of Dutch elm disease. The handle of the mallet is a recycled shovel handle and the mallet head is made from the same tree. Jinen brushed the characters “Daiji” or  "Great Matter" as best he could, but the characters are in the wrong order. This is its temporary location.

Wolfville Han


Translations and Texts

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. Annotation details and successfully conveying them across various document formats are the issue at this point.

Work on Bussho: Buddha Nature, a very long and nuanced text by Dogen zenji, is ongoing.

Roshi is also finishing an update to the Saijo Shingi: The Deportment of Radiance, our manual of monastic training standards which is a supplement to the ancient Eihei Shingi and Keizan Shingi. 


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.

Shushõ (J) A novice monk placed in responsibility for the tone of practice in the Zendo during an ango. The stage of training leading to full ordination as a monk.

Posted November 12th, 2021. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Tea Pot on fire

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 students attending the November two-day sesshin:

: Fried rice (Lundberg short grain brown rice leftover from a previous meal, Jasmine rice, diced Spanish onion, diced poblano peppers, minced ginger, ground cumin, curry powder); scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Calrose rice garnished with gomashio (toasted sesame seeds and salt); miso shiru with reconstituted shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy and silken tofu; takuan and ginger. 
Supper: Conchiglie pasta in garlic butter sauce (lots of minced garlic, butter, olive oil, white wine, parmesan, salt, pepper, small amount of cream); tomato soup (cooked then pureed diced Spanish onion, carrots and celery, olive oil, passata, dried thyme, red wine, chile flakes, salt, pepper); cubed friulano mixed with green olives, artichokes and lemon zest.

: Fried pasta (leftover pasta from the previous meal, diced red bell pepper); scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Thai white and brown long-grain rice garnished peanuts; spicy wakame seaweed soup (wakame, bonito, ginger, shoyu, roasted chili paste and sesame oil), with silken tofu; sliced Asian pears tossed with lime juice and chile flakes.

The following meals were prepared for residents on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings this week:

Monday Yakuseki:
Thai white and brown rice; bulgogi tofu (deep fried tofu, Spanish onion, chopped poblano peppers; dai gai choy, bulgogi sauce, sesame seeds, shoyu; mixed greens (Napa cabbage, gai lan, bok choy, dai gai choy leaves); sliced Asian pear with lime juice and chili flakes.

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Thai red curry with cubed medium-firm tofu (coconut milk reduced, Thai red curry paste, Spanish onion, Napa cabbage, poblano peppers, sliced bamboo shoots, reconstituted shitake mushrooms, medium-firm tofu, cubed); for those who wished to supplement their diet with fish, basa fillets and pollock fillets; salad of leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, radicchio, thinly sliced white onion, radishes, celery; dressing made from blended roasted peanuts, lime juice, a little brown sugar and thinly sliced bird chilies. 

Crusty rolls with butter; minestrone soup (diced onion, carrots, cremini mushrooms, celery, small pasta shells, garlic, red kidney beans, tomato juice, oregano, thyme, red wine, red balsamic vinegar, lots of black pepper, basil, Parmesan cheese; pickle of cubed friulano with green olives and lemon zest.


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 Fushin shramon for repairing the cord on a window blind in the Sensei-ryo.

From Fushin shramon:
"Thank you to the Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi for the November sesshin. Thank you very much to Ven. Jinmyo Renge sensei for sixteen years of instruction and for accepting me as her student."

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Roshi for making this wonderful practice available to students all around the world. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for accepting me as a formal student. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for many years of daisan, and now dokusan, and for showing me what needed to be done to become a more mature human being and to be able to practice as a formal student. 

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Braden Alexander, Martin Brulotte, Greg McGillis, and Adda Hernandez for donations.