eMirror Vol 28, No. 2 (2024-01-12)

 

Enso as bowl By Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, early 1990s

Anzan Hoshin roshi brushing enso, Zazen-ji, 1990


eMirror Vol 28, No. 2

Friday, January 12th, 2024
Edited by the Practice Council

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



Koku, empty or open space is not a medicine to be taken only when you feel bad because your usual round of hope and fear and delusion has left you momentarily tired of them. Nor is it what is true about your experiences only when you feel on top of things. It is what is true about all things, all the time, from side to side and from top to bottom and all around.

It is not a matter of having the realization of koku or empty space on one hand, the Awakened realization of all the Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors, and the usual understanding of a world of solid forms and objects to be known by a subject on the other hand. Nor even of bringing them together palm to palm or clasping the fingers together. Where does the right hand take place? Where does the left hand take place? In the realm of the Reality of your own experiencing they are not here or there, right or left, form or emptiness. They are the emptiness which is form, the forming of emptiness.

“Shiki fu i ku ku fu i shiki shiki soku ze ku ku soku ze shiki.”

-Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, concluding Teisho 4: "OW!" February 12, 2001, in the series "Playing With Space: Commentaries on Eihei Dogen zenji's Koku”

 

The Hatto (for formal sittings)

The Hatto (for formal sittings)

 

The Zendo (for associate and general sittings)

The Zendo (for associate and general sittings)

 


Practice Schedule and Upcoming Events



Formal Sittings for WWZC Students: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Mornings The formal sittings begin at 6:00 a.m. You would need to arrive by 5:45 in time for First Bell. The sitting ends at 7:25 with the Chants. Following that there is a Daruma-kata Aiki review which ends at about 7:50. If you need to leave before the kata, please let us know that in advance by sending an email to schedule@wwzc.org.
Saturday Morning General Sitting for WWZC Students: The general sitting begins at 9:30 a.m. You would need to arrive by 9:15 a.m., in time for First Bell. The sitting ends at 11:45 a.m. Some general students attend the 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning formal sitting, stay for breakfast and then attend the general sitting. If you stay for breakfast you will need to make a $5.00 dana contribution for the meal. Proceeds from meals go to White Wind Zen Community.
Monday and Thursday Evening Associate Sittings for WWZC Students: The associate sitting begins at 7:30 p.m. You would need to arrive by 7:15 p.m., in time for First Bell. The sitting ends at 9:10 p.m.
Friday (Hosan): There are no formal sittings scheduled at the monastery on Fridays, but you are expected to sit at home if you have committed to sitting zazen daily.
Sunday Formal Sitting: The Sunday morning formal sittings are reserved for monastics, formal students, and probationary formal students.

Fusatsu (Renewal of Vows):  January 24th.

Introduction to Zen Workshop Ottawa:
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place on Saturday, February 3rd at 1:45 p.m. To register: https://IntroductionToZenWorkshop.eventbrite.ca; for more information please see https://wwzc.org/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa

January Two-day Sesshin:
The January two-day sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12th and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14th. On Saturday, January 13th, there will be a combined associate and general sitting in the Zendo which will begin at 9:30 (please arrive by 9:15 in time for First Bell). The sitting ends at 11:45 a.m. Students are reminded to stay on the first floor.

Hermitage:
The Roshi is continuing an extended period of hermitage due to underlying health issues until the COVID-19 situation clarifies.

Long Distance Training Program:
For students living an hour or more commuting distance from the monastery in Ottawa, please visit this Web Page: https://wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program
 


What to do if you Arrive After the Sitting Begins



If you arrive after the sitting starts and the door is locked, you don't need to turn around and go home. Ring the bell once and then sit on the bench on the front porch. If possible, we will come and unlock the door for you right away. If we are in the middle of the chants or listening to a teisho, we will come to let you in as soon as the teisho finishes.
 


Retreats and Training Sessions



Rev. Chiso anagarika sat a semi-retreat on Tuesday, January 9th at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. General student Jean-Francois St-Louis sat a two-day retreat on Friday, January 5th and Saturday, January 6th at Dainen-ji. Public General student Thach Hoang sat a one and a half-day retreat on Saturday, January 6th and Sunday, January 7th at his home in Laval, Quebec. Associate student David Alexander sat a two-day retreat on Saturday, January 6th and Sunday, January 7th at Dainen-ji. Public general student Tracey Parker sat a half-day retreat on Sunday, January 7th at her home in Perth, Ontario. 

If you are a student of Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi and  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 are a public student and 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.

If you would like to engage in a training session either at the monastery or at home by aligning with the schedule of the monastery, please read the information on this page: 
https://wwzc.org/training-sessions
 


Congratulations



Congratulations and deep gassho to Rana Annous of Gatineau, Quebec who has been accepted as an associate student.
 


Recorded Teachings Schedule


Saturday, January 13th to Saturday, January 20th

Saturday, January 13th general sitting: "Without Difficulty": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's "Faith in Mind, Trusting Awareness" (3 of 26, 21 minutes)
Monday, January 15th associate sitting: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “I Hate This" (40 of 71, 12 minutes)
Thursday, January 18th associate sitting: “Before Thinking: Foundations of Zen Practice” by Zen Master Anzan Hoshin: “I Hate This" (40 of 71, 12 minutes)
Saturday, January 20th general sitting: "Without Difficulty": Zen Master Anzan Hoshin's commentaries on Jianzhi Sengcan's "Wunan, Bunan. Just Do It!" (4 of 26, 17 minutes)

Recorded teisho playback during the January Sesshin

Saturday, January 13th: SAkN The Anatomy of Awakening: "Living the Body" (2 of 9, 32 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.
 


White Wind Zen Community Website Update



“Kwannon”: A teisho by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi, transcript of a teisho presented on May 6, 1986, at River Road Zendo
https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/kwannon

“Cultivation of the Ground of Mind”: transcript of a teisho Presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, on June 4, 1989 
https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/cultivation-ground-mind

The Practice of Boards and Stones” teisho presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, on June 18, 1989
https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/practice-boards-and-stones

"Difficulty, Strangeness, Beauty": transcript of a Dharma Talk presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, December 13, 1988: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/difficulty-strangeness-beauty

"Standing in the Rain (Tangaryo)": transcript of Dharma Talk presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, December 15th, 1988: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/standing-rain-tangaryo

"Snow": transcript of Dharma Talk presented by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi at Zazen-ji, November 18, 1989: https://wwzc.org/dharma-text/snow
 


Fundraising 2023: Roofs



Total donated to date: $19,959

After receiving several estimates for the repairs to the remaining areas of the roof, we now know that the total cost will be between $30,000 and $35,000 (depending on when the work begins, as estimates are only good for three to six months and costs keep increasing). All of the other (grey) sections of roof have already been taken care of. We have needed to redo the roofs a section at a time because the costs of replacing them, given the size and extreme angle of our roofs is very high. 

Any contribution that you can make will be gratefully received. 

Thank you and Gassho
 

Roof Sketch
Areas of the roof that need repair

 

Spoon, calligraphy by Sengai

By Sengai


Office of the Tenzo



Dogen zenji taught in the Tenzo Kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo (Tenzo kyokun: Instructions for the Tenzo | White Wind Zen Community) 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 WWZC does not advocate any particular diet. However all meals prepared during practice events, such as Dharma Assemblies, sesshin, or retreats are vegetarian as most people can eat this. On Tuesday evenings there is an optional meat dish, as some people find that a purely vegetarian diet, especially as they get older, is not sufficient for their health. If you are adhering to a strictly vegan diet, you can write to the tenzo, Jinmyo Renge sensei, at jinmyo.renge@wwzc.org a week prior to attending an event to request vegan foods. If you are lactose intolerant or have allergies to foods, you should write to the tenzo about dietary restrictions a week before attending events.

The following meals were prepared on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings:

Monday Yakuseki: 
Cavatappi pasta with garlic-butter sauce; gai lan (Chinese broccoli) seared on the griddle, red kidney beans, minced garlic, and red balsamic vinegar; tomato soup (minced garlic, chopped white onion, celery and carrots cooked and blended with San Marzano tomatoes and tomato juice, thyme, mushroom powder, basil and a little oregano). 

Tuesday Yakuseki:
Vegetarian option: White and brown Thai rice; Thai curry made with coconut milk, lime juice, red Thai curry paste, chopped carrots, daikon, green cabbage, white onion, firm tofu, served with fresh coriander; salad of romaine lettuce, radicchio, thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced celery, chopped tomatoes, with a Thai peanut dressing (peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, minced ginger, minced garlic, salt, gochugaru (Korean chile flakes), fresh coriander, honey). 
For those who wished to supplement their diet with fish: White and brown Thai rice; Thai curry made with coconut milk, lime juice, red Thai curry paste, shrimp, scallops, basa fillets and cod fillets; chopped carrots, daikon, green cabbage, white onion, firm tofu, served with fresh coriander; salad of romaine lettuce, radicchio, thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced celery, chopped tomatoes, with a Thai peanut dressing (peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, minced ginger, minced garlic, salt, gochugaru (Korean chile flakes), fresh coriander, honey).

Thursday Yakuseki:
Roasted root vegetables (little gem potatoes, white potatoes, parsnips, carrots, turnips, canola oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chives, lemon zest); grilled medium-firm tofu seasoned with harissa sauce mixed with butter, garlic and onion powder; Shanghai bok choy halved lengthwise plunged into boiling, salted water with a little bran oil for two minutes, then tossed with seared white onion with a sauce of butter, minced garlic, and onion powder.

 

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 Fushin shuso for gathering quotes for the monastery roof repairs and for scheduling work to be done in the spring.

From David Gallant:
Thank you to Fushin shuso for instruction on how to operate the snowblower this week. Thank you to David Alexander for clearing the wet slushy snow from the driveway on Wednesday morning.

From Elizabeth Eve:
Thank you to the Roshi for establishing the forms and the schedule for the Joya celebration at the beginning of each new calendar year, and for the teisho that was presented this year. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei for leading the Joya celebration, and for the preparation of the festive meal. Thank you to Jinmyo sensei, Saigyo ino and Mishin godo for instruction and guidance throughout the two weeks of residential training. Thank you to Saigyo ino for the presentation at the Introduction to Zen workshop which was clear and lighthearted. Thank you to Mishin godo for very clear instruction during practice interviews and while doing samu. Thank you to Saigyo ino for the detailed explanation of forms. Thank you to the Office of the Tenzo for consistently delicious and nourishing meals. 

From the Office of the Treasurer:
Thank you to Sarah Goul for a donation to the Roof Repair fund.

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