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Memorial Service

Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha


Junko Mary Lou Holland

1930 – 2020

Marylou Holland was a member of the Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha. She started attending the Sangha in 2016. A long-time Zen practitioner, she began her studies and practice in the 1970s with her first teacher Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founder and residing abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. An avid reader Marylou constantly studied the works of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi who was the teacher of Kwong-roshi.

A mainstay and senior student at the Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha, she took vows in the Silent Thunder Order in 2018, becoming the student of Unshin Sangaku Joslyn-sensei. Constantly supporting others, she was a source of laughter and a wealth of knowledge of Zen practice to all. She spoke often, and sometimes loudly, about her beliefs and was a bridge for newcomers to the Zen movement of the late 1960 and early 1970.

Junko, her Dharma name, means “pure-light.” She will be remembered for her heart-felt, pure-light of kindness.


Unshin Sangaku Dan Joslyn-sensei

January 12, 2021

7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time

Birds in Flight


Zazen meditation

Repentance and Refuges

Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

Passage Poem

Junko, shared thoughts

feelings beliefs and each other

are done

On-Gaku, you have become us

living our vows

In Memoriam

Speaking to On-Gaku

Sandokai (Mokuo Nancy Sherwood and Ikusei Jackie Lee)

Great Bell Chant

Tathagata Verse

Closing Comments

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