On Sunday, May 18, Kengan Jakuko, Maureen “Mo” Ferrell, took her seat as shuso, or head monk, for the 2014 Practice Period at Red Cedar Mountain Temple. Carrying the inkin is her brother Peter (PJ) Mooney and Michael Emberson is jisha or attendant. The entering ceremony traditionally features a ritual invitation from the officers of the temple and a formal request from the teacher (Taitaku Josho, Pat Phelan, sensei) to the shuso, to share her responsibilities.

The photos below show the procession in the abbess’s room in the order in which it moved in and out of the meditation hall.

Congratulations to the shuso!

Procession

Procession

PJ, Josho sensei, Jakuko, and Michael Emberson

PJ, Josho sensei, Jakuko, and Michael Emberson

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