eMirror Vol 26, No. 44 (2022-10-28)

"Hana" (Flower), sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, 1991
"Hana" (Flower),
sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, 1991

eMirror Vol 26, No. 44

Friday, October 28th, 2022
Edited by the Practice Council

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

Hanamatsuri, or the “Festival of Flowers,” is the commemoration of the Buddha’s birthday. It is said that when the Buddha was born, flowers fell from the sky. It is also said that when he was born he jumped out from his mother’s side and took seven steps, this newborn child. And with each step, flowers bloomed beneath his feet.

In Tang dynasty China, a bald man in black robes called Yunmen said, “If I had been there, I’d have cut him down, and fed him to the dogs.” Why?

What is all this about flowers blooming? Certainly, we would often like something like that to happen. We would like it if our practice were like that: We sit down, cross our legs, face the wall, and the wall opens to reveal endless blue sky filled with flowers and light streaming in all directions and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appear, praising our name. Unfortunately, all that happens is that we cough, or we itch, and we breathe in and breathe out.

But this breathing in, this breathing out, this coughing, this itching — are those flowers? Each moment arises and blooms as it presents itself. So many colours, so many forms. The shades and tones of light splashing on the wall before you. Is Buddha born in each moment that we awaken to the flowering of this moment? Perhaps, perhaps not. We will find out.

-Ven Anzan Hoshin roshi, beginning Teiso One: "Flowers Falling" and  the series "Flowers and Worms", Hanamatsuri sesshin, April 11th-14thy, 1991, Zazen-ji.

Upcoming Events

Fusatsu: 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 25th at her home in the Berkshires. Tracey Parker sat a half-day retreat on Saturday, October 22nd at her home in Perth, Ontario. 

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 29th to Saturday, November 5th

Saturday, October 29th: "Paramita" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Shujo No Shu: The Practice of Realization" ( 1 of 7, 28 minutes) 
Sunday, October 30th: SAkN: "The Anatomy of Awakening" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Mudra" (teisho 7 of 9) 
Monday, October 31st: "Surpassing the Teacher" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi (26 minutes)
Thursday, November 3rd: "Surpassing the Teacher" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi (26 minutes)
Saturday, November 5th: "Paramita" by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi: "Dana: Richness" (2 of 7, 36 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.

"Tenzo" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi
"Tenzo" sho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

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 on 
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings:

Monday Yakuseki: 
Mixed grain (Calrose rice, arborio rice, pearled barley and sona masoori rice with chopped scallions); miso soup (vegetable stock, shoyu, miso, minced garlic, chopped onions, chopped Napa cabbage with sauteed semi-firm tofu and chunks of scallion); baechu kimchi.

Tuesday Yakuseki: 
White and brown basmati rice; 
Vegetarian option: sliced texturized vegetable protein in tikka masala (masala made from garam masala, zafrani masala, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cardamom, minced garlic, grated ginger, coconut milk, fresh coriander, red pepper flakes; onion bhaji (chickpea flour, rice flour, turmeric, cumin and fennel seeds, green chillies, minced ginger and garlic, lots of chopped, fresh coriander, thinly sliced onions); tamarind dipping sauce (tamarind paste, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cumin, coriander, ginger, small amount of sugar as tamarind paste is very sour). 
For those who wished to supplement their diet with meat, a portion of the tikka masala sauce was used with cooked chicken.

Thursday Yakuseki: 
Calrose brown rice with baby green peas served with a choice of “Earth Balance” butter or dairy butter; ‘cream of butternut squash soup’ (blended, cooked butternut squash, carrots, onion, apple, miso, a spoonful of tomato paste, turmeric, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, black pepper, lime juice, coconut milk for ‘creaminess’, chopped fresh coriander from the roof garden ); salad of Romaine and leaf lettuce, chopped tomatoes, radicchio, white onion, celery, and radishes, served with a dressing made from mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and black pepper, sweetened with honey.


Little monks bowing, Japanese 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 the teisho, “River of Memory”; to Senbo for posting it on our Website. Thank you to Saigyo ino for arranging for a plumber to replace our recirculating pump so that we once again have cold water coming out of the cold water taps and hot water coming out of the hot water taps. Thank you to Fushin shuso for being available to respond to any questions raised by the plumber, such as how to shut off the mains. Thank you to Leonardo for his work on transferring teisho to electronic files and for identifying a problem with a playback unit.

From Mishin godo:
Thank you to Senbo for creating signs about the Introduction to Zen workshop for the front and side gates and to Saigyo ino for hanging the framed front gate sign. Thank you to Leonardo Nobrega for setting up the computer for a single workspace in the archiving room. Thank you to Chantal Maheu for bookkeeping samu. 

From Saigyo ino:
Thank you to Fushin shuso, Leonardo Nobrega, David Gallant, Ian Richard, Greg Parker and Sam McFarlane for samu to remove the bug screens and clean them and also cleaning the insides of many of the windows of Dainen-ji. This was in readiness for the yearly cleaning of the outside of the dozens of the monastery windows by a hired company. Thank you to Stacey Loyer for the final deep watering of the yew hedge before the first freezes of winter.   

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Mishin godo for regularly providing me with access to SAkN teisho series and for processing my WWZC expense reimbursements.

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