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Mokuo Nancy Sherwood: The Buddha's Birth Legend

Hanamatsuri means flower festival in Japanese and refers to the time each year that honors the birth of Siddhartha Gautama around 564 B.C. Mokuo will offer us her perspective on the legend and its relationship to the rest of the Buddha story.

Please join us in person (7:00 PM/EDT) as we will wash the baby Buddha, and me, as an enactment of a Cambodian tradition I participated several years ago. Please bring flowers, and if you are on line and have icon/statue you would like to dedicate and wash too, you may.

Mokuo Nancy Sherwood 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 Guiding Teacher Sensei Sangaku Dan Joslyn.

In 2017 Mokuo took Jukai in the Falmouth Sangha. Mokuo serves as Tenzo for the Sangha and participates in outreach by teaching meditation to people in alcohol and drug treatment centers and local members of the Falmouth Senior Center. Mokuo completed 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.

As Practice Leader she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Sangha.

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