On February 7, 2016, Kakumyo Lowe-Charde was installed as Co-Abbot Pro Tem. This begins his kessei term, where he serves as co-abbot, training his own shuso, for a period of 11 months, when he will be tested.
More than 80 people witnessed at least some part of this ceremony, many participating in it in various ways, on a glorious sunny day.
The procession moved on to the Main Gate, at the entrance to the Sodo. In the procession were Genko Rainwater, Precentor; Sallie Jiko Tisdale, Godo, also representing the Dharma Council; Mark Sosetsu Stauffer, Tanto; Valerie Kaishin Kelly, representing the Board of Directors; Joe Shisei Niski, representing the Elders Council; Jyoshin Clay, Assistant Kanin; Diana Shin’yu Vitells, Tenzo; Nicole Ko’in Newsom, Shuso, also representing the Mandala Council; Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, incoming Co-Abbot Pro Tem and Kanin; Katherine Kichizo Still, Jisha; and Anthony Fujaku Stevens, Jikko.
At the Main Gate, the entrance to the courtyard outside the Sodo, Kakumyo again offered bows, incense, and a Dharma Phrase. Some of his disciples formed a ryoban, as again members of the procession and those following and witnessing looked on. Some people also came out of the Sodo and watched from the Engawa.