On February 9, 2021, Mokuo Nancy Sherwood, becomes only the second Practice Leader of the Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha since its founding in 2010.
Mokuo taught Special Education in San Francisco, Boston, and in a residential school on Cape Cod for many years. She was introduced to her Zen practice at The Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha (FSZS) in 2015 under the founder and Lead Teacher Sensei Sangaku Dan Joslyn. In 2017 Mokuo took Jukai in the Falmouth Sangha. Mokuo serves as Tenso for the Sangha and participates in outreach by teaching meditation to people in alcohol and drug treatment centers.
In October 2020, Mokuo completed her Discipleship training through Joslyn-sensei and her mentors, Kaaren Wilken, Kuwasan Ann Glasmann, and Zenku Jerry Smyers-sensei. Her Zaike ceremony was officiated by Hojo Taiun Elliston-roshi (Abbot of the Silent Thunder Order) in November 2020.