eMirror Vol 26, No. 43 (2022-10-21)

Ch-, Hannya (Prajna) Sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi early 1990
Ch-, Hannya (Prajna)
Sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi early 1990

eMirror Vol 26, No. 43

Friday, October 21st, 2022
Edited by the Practice Council

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

This moment expresses itself as colours and forms. See it with both eyes open. Right now there is a sea of sounds. Hear it with both ears. Touch the sensation of the world with the whole bodymind. Breathing in and out, open to the fragrances and flavours that flower in the fields of the senses. Allow each thought to be a wordless movement of knowing and then when you speak, you can convey it and express it.

Bodymind and world, seeing and seen, knowings and knowns move intimately in a sphere of interactions.

Each moment presents the opportunity to practice and realize this. Each colour and form, each sound, each sensation, each thought shows what everything is.          

-Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding Class Six: "The Mind Is Not 'The' Mind" and  the series "Zen Arts: The Flowering of the Senses", October 1999 Daruma-ki O-sesshin, Dainen-ji.

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu: October 26th, November 9th, November 23rd.

Introduction to Zen Workshop 
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, November 5th, at 1:45 p.m. To register for the next workshop: https://IntroductionToZenWorkshop.eventbrite.ca
For more information please see:
Introduction to Zen Workshop (Ottawa) 

November Two-day Sesshin
The November two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11th and end on Sunday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m.

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

The Roshi is continuing an extended period of "self-isolation" due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Beginning Instruction in Zen Practice for Those Living Outside of Commuting Distance of the Monastery:
For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: Long Distance Training Program | White Wind Zen Community


Rev. Chiso anagarika sat her weekly semi-retreat on Tuesday, October 19th at her home in the Berkshires. Deshi Chantal Maheu sat a one-day retreat on Monday, October 17th at Dainen-ji. Thach Hoang sat a two day retreat from Friday, October 7th to Sunday, October 9th at his home in Laval, Quebec. Aaron Ford sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th at his home in Calgary, Alberta. 

If you would like to sit a retreat at Dainen-ji, please email schedule@wwzc.org to register a week in advance. For further information please visit this page: https://wwzc.org/retreats

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.  After your retreat, please send an email to schedule@wwzc.org to confirm that you sat a retreat and include the duration and location.

Recorded Teachings Schedule

Saturday, October 22nd to Saturday, October 29th

Saturday, October 22nd: “Wild Time: Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on “Uji: Being Time” by Eihei Dogen zenji: “Going Forth” (teisho 11 of 11, 40 minutes)
Sunday, October 23rd: SAkN: "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "The Matter of Consciousness" (teisho 6 of 9)
Monday, October 24th: "River of Memory" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi (17 minutes) 
Thursday, October 27th: "River of Memory" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi (17 minutes)
Saturday, October 29th: "Paramita" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Shujo No Shu: The Practice of Realization" ( 1 of 7, 28 minutes) 

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


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


Tenzo (J):  The chief cook; a highly respected position held by a senior student. The training post of Tenzo is one of  the eight major training posts in the monastery. The tenzo presents the Dharma to the Sangha in the form of meals. The tenzo might be assisted by one or more persons in minor training posts known as tenzo-anja.

Posted October 21st, 2022. New entries are posted every two weeks.


Bean sprouts

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. 

Monday Yakuseki: 
Rolls warmed in the oven, served with butter; frittata (eggs, caramelised onions, sliced black olives, minced garlic, chopped parsley); carrot-miso soup (garlic, ginger, chopped carrots, apple, leeks, tomato, cumin, cayenne, sweet paprika, turmeric, coconut cream). 

Tuesday Yakuseki: 
Vegetarian option: Vegetable stew (vegetable broth, diced potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion, minced garlic, peas, corn, cannellini beans, thyme, mushroom stock, basil, lots of black pepper, and a drop of apple cider vinegar; served with multi-grain croutons seasoned with minced garlic, bran oil, salt and black pepper; salad of Romaine and leaf lettuce, radishes, celery, radicchio, and thinly sliced red onion served with a dressing made from equal parts of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar, sweetened with honey.
For those who wished to supplement their diet with meat: seared pieces of chicken added to a portion of the vegetable stew described above. 

Thursday Yakuseki:
White and brown Thai jasmine rice; tofu bulgogi (cubes of medium-firm tofu browned in canola oil, chopped Spanish onion, poblano and red bell peppers, bean sprouts, bulgogi sauce, shoyu, sesame oil, salt and pepper); sauteed gailan and onion (chopped gailan, strips of white onion, seasoning salt, lime juice) served with peanuts.


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 sensei at rengezo@gmail dot com, but be sure to type "eMirror” in the subject line.

From Jinmyo sensei: 
Thank you to the Roshi for his text “The Bodymind of the Way”. Thank you to Mishin godo for the many administrative tasks she has been tending to and for looking into the various kinds of birdseed available for our birdfeeders; Thank you to Saigyo ino for organizing and overseeing the washing of the monastery windows and for putting the birdfeeders back on the second floor Sensei-ryo windows (they attach to the outside of the windows with suction cups), to the delight of avid bird watchers Shindo and Kiden, resident felines. Thank you to Fushin shuso for cat grass; to Senbo for sending the eMirror out each week and for work on several tasks for the monastery, including new signs for the front and side gates; to Leonardo and Chantal for archiving and to David for ongoing IT work.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Saigyo ino for writing up detailed instructions for myself and Leonardo for the jikido forms in the Hatto and Zendo.

From Mario Delisle:
I would like to sincerely thank Ven Mishin godo and Ven Saigyo ino for the time and dedication they have generously given in maintaining a constant contact, through telephone practice interviews, to students during the pandemic period.

From Zachary Adam-MacEwen:
Thank you to the Roshi for his written and recorded Teachings, and to Mishin Godo for her patience with my questions and her advice for practice. 

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