On September 29, 2018, Senmyo Jeff Sherman and Eden Kevin Heffernan received the precepts as priests in the ceremony of Shukke Tokudo in Chapel Hill. This joyous occasion was attended by many friends and family members from near and far.

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Senmyo entering zendo.

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Eden at library altar.

Both new priests are long-term Zen students. Senmyo practiced with Suzuki Roshi and received the precepts from him as a lay person and also practiced in Santa Cruz with Sobun Katherine Thanas (from whom he also received the precepts). Eden began sitting with Josho Roshi soon after she arrived in Chapel Hill and continues to practice with the Chapel Hill sangha and Josho while living and working in Richmond.

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Josho and priests: Jakuko Mo Ferrel, Zenki Kathleen Batson, Senmyo Jeff Sherman, Kuden Paul Boyle, Choro Carla Antonaccio