Mirror Vol 24, No. 16 (2020-04-17)


Zendo at Dainen-ji
Zendo at Dainen-ji

eMirror Vol 24, No. 16

Friday, April 17th, 2020
Edited by Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho

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

To realize who we are is to realize the mind of India's great sage right here, right now – through seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling, thinking and feeling as a whole, as they occur. The Way is what everything is. It is not a matter of west or east, north or south, it is not a matter of self or other, it is not a matter of acquiring anything or rejecting anything. It is not a matter of sudden or gradual. So in fact, this line would more literally read: "there is no northern or southern patriarch or ancestor": which was a reference to approaches to practice that were current just before Shitou's time. Shitou insists that practice of the Way must move past sectarianism, must move past ideas of sudden and gradual.

In the Denkoroku, Keizan zenji records this statement by Shitou: "My Dharma is the bequest of the old Buddhas. I do not talk about meditation or spiritual progress - only about knowing and insight into Waking Up. This mind is itself Buddha: mind, Buddha, beings, enlightenment and delusion, are just different names for the same thing. You should know that the nature of your own mind is neither impermanent nor permanent, essentially neither stained nor pure. It is unmoving and complete. This is the same for usual beings and sages. Its activity is free of patterns and is not bound by thinking, intelligence or cognition. The six realms of beings are just Awareness presenting itself. How could there really be anything which is born or dies? Just realize this and you will be complete in every way."

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, continuing teisho 2: "We Each Are Each Other" Saturday, July 20th, 1996 in the teisho series "Studying the Mystery", Commentaries on Shitou Xiqian's "Sandokai".

Upcoming Events

April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th.

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

Sogaku-ki O-sesshin
The Sogaku-ki O-sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15th and ends at noon on Friday, May 22nd. 

May 18th is the memorial for the death of Sogaku Myoshin Hakukaze daiosho, the 80th Lineage Ancestor and, it is said, the author of “Scattered Notes On The Daruma-kata”. Sogaku Hakukaze daisho lived during the Tokugawa era.  He received transmission from Manzan Dohaku daiosho and gave transmission to Anzan Daiko daiosho.

Fudo ennichi
May 26th is a day traditionally dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. Fuo Myo-o (J) Acala Vidyaraja (S) A manifestation of “Mahavairocana” or all pervading Awareness as a wrathful guardian figure; a symbol of boundless energy, determination and compassion. Used as a symbol of the Teacher’s mind in this Lineage. Fudo stands glaring and snarling like a demon; it holds the sword of insight in one hand and the cord of the Precepts in the other; it has chained itself to a rock in the midst of the raging flames of the deepest hell to work for the liberation of all beings there. 


Mohamed Zakzouk sat a four-day retreat from Friday, April 10th to Monday, April 13th at his home in Calgary, Alberta. Deshi Isshin sat a two-day retreat on the weekend of April 11th and 12th, to align with the sesshin attended by monastics at Dainen-ji. Deshi Senbo sat a one-day retreat on Tuesday, April 14th at his home in Chelsea, 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. We can arrange for a telephone interview or daisan providing this does not conflict with the sesshin or O-sesshin schedule listed above, under “Upcoming Events”. 

Listening to Teisho

​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 Schedule

Saturday, April 18th: "Birth and Death: The Works": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Zenki: Complete Activity” and “Shoji: Birth and Death”: "Jinzu and Komyo" (6 of 9)
Sunday, April 19th: SAkN "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "The Matter of Consciousness" (5 of 9)
Monday, April 20th: “The Four Great Vows” by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei: “Limitless Awakening" (Dharma Talk 4 of 4)
Thursday, April 23rd: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “Christmas Gift" (45 of 71)
Saturday, April 25th: "Birth and Death: The Works": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's “Zenki: Complete Activity” and “Shoji: Birth and Death”: "Thus This Thought Displays Itself" (7 of 9)

Online Access to Recorded Teachings

Students can access the password-protected online Recorded Teachings library on the WWZC website at https://wwzc.org/recorded-teachings or through the streaming site at http://app.wwzc.org. The custom-built media streaming site allows students to live stream recordings from the WWZC Recorded Teachings collection. It is optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, and works with most modern browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It can also be used on desktops.

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

Newly Posted Transcript on the WWZC Website

"Zen is Not Kidding" by Shikai Zuiko sensei https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/zen-not-kidding

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)

by Ven. Shikai Zuiko sensei

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.

Shinjin gakudo (J) “Studying the Way with the whole bodymind.” Completely beyond reference point. One of Dogen’s most important phrases. Refer to The Way of the Bodymind and other sources.

Questions can be sent to me, Shikai sensei, at shikai.sensei@gmail.com.


Dainen-ji meal

Office of the Tenzo

We will discontinue the list of meals prepared prior to evening sittings and instead post recipes or information about food that we hope you will find useful during this period of social distancing.

For this week:

Lentil and Bean Soup
This is a very simple soup, but delicious and has many different textures. Serves 4

Combine the following in a bowl:
¼ cup red lentils
¼ cup brown lentils
¼ cup green lentils
¼ cup barley
2-3 tablespoons short grain white rice

Wash in cold water, drain and wash again, until the water runs almost clear. Set aside.
Put 8 cups of vegetable stock or water in a heavy pot. Add half a small tin of tomato paste (you can freeze the other half in a ziplock bag).
Add ½ a teaspoon of salt.
Bring the liquid to a boil.

Chop and add the following vegetables to the boiling stock or water:
Chop a large potato into cubes.
Dice a carrot.
Chop a large onion. 
Mince 3 cloves of garlic (or use a teaspoon of garlic powder)

When the vegetables are about half-cooked, add the lentil mixture.
Turn the pot down to medium-high.
Stir. And stir. And stir. 
Don’t go away to check your email. This is going to take 20 to 30 minutes to cook and you need to stay in the kitchen to stir it to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom. If it starts to get too thick, turn the heat down a bit and add more water.
When the lentils/rice/barley are cooked, turn the stove down to minimum.
Add a teaspoon of dried thyme (or more if you like thyme).
Add ½ a teaspoon of black pepper.
Fresh, chopped parsley would be good.
If you have some chipotle adobo, a tablespoon of that will give it a nice level of heat. But you could also use ¼ teaspoon of dried chili flakes or your favourite hot sauce.
Add ¾ teaspoon of vinegar. I use red wine vinegar.
Add salt to taste.

To finish, add a tin of red kidney beans for a more varied texture.
Serve with toast or naan (broiled cheese naan is fun). Any bread will complete the protein.
It will most likely thicken in the refrigerator, so be careful about reheating - put it in a microwave or stay with the pot and keep stirring to heat it through and add water as needed.

Hands in gassho, digital image

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 Endai shuso
Thank you to the Roshi for many teisho over the years on the occasion of Hanamatsuri (The Festival of Flowers that celebrates the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha), three of which were played during Hanamatsuri sesshin this past weekend. Thank you to Jinmyo osho for leading the sesshin and for overseeing the preparation of all of the meals in her position as Tenzo. Thank you to tenzo-anja Mishin godo for preparing many of the meals and to the other tenzo-anja, Saigyo ino, for assistance with preparation and serving. Thank you to Fushin shramon for a thorough cleaning of the monastery workshop this week.

From Mohamed Zakzouk
Thank you to Shikai sensei for daily phone daisan during my recent retreat. Thank you for your continuous support for my practice, both formally and informally. Thank you for the teachings you embody and pass along unspoken. It is a privilege to learn from you.

From the Office of the Treasurer
Thank you to Mishin godo, Saigyo ino, Endai shuso, David Gallant, and Chris Jamisen for donations.

Ongoing Project:
"All is Change"

Dainen-ji, being a 140-year-old building, is continuously in need of maintenance and the costs associated with this can be astronomical when such things as porch repairs or exterior painting are needed. This is something that we cannot afford to do, yet must do and so the "All is Change" project has been created. The "All is Change" project is very simple. Most of us have a bowl or a jar or some other kind of container that we keep somewhere at home and fill up with loose change because it's too heavy to carry around. Several hundred dollars has been collected so far both in loose change and Canadian tire money which has been put towards the building maintenance fund. If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, each penny will be appreciated. The “All is Change” container is on the wooden wall shelf under the Sangha Board in the cloak room.