The basis of waking up to our lives as they are is mindfulness and awareness.
The key word for lived spirituality is practice. In Buddhist practice,
sitting quietly without moving with a calm, focused mind, is the foundation
for all spiritual investigation. With this foundation we look deeply
into our confusion and suffering in order to see the root causes of
our happiness and unhappiness. Our goal is lasting, unassailable happiness
and peace of heart and mind. This is spiritual freedom.
At times it is helpful to have an experienced spiritual friend to walk
with us and witness our questioning. This friend will have confidence
in the path on which we walk and in our capacity to make this journey.
If you are at such a point, and have a consistent meditation practice,
you may find it useful to meet with Myo-O. She will listen carefully
to your questions and your stories. With compassion, patience and humor
she will encourage you to deepen your intimacy with your own life. Myo-O
will hold the space in which you may find how to be the answers that
and Commitment Ceremonies
“Living in vow” was one of the most powerful teachings of
Katagiri-roshi, Myo-O’s root teacher. Living in vow with one’s
beloved is a powerful gift to the couple making the vow, the community
who witnesses it and to seven generations in both directions. She is
experienced at weaving together a ceremony that includes elements from
several faith traditions and that reflects the values and aspirations
of each couple. She also offers optional pre-marriage counseling. Myo-O
can speak and chant in a number of languages including Italian, Latin,
French, Hebrew, English, Russian, Pali, and Sanskrit.
Myo-O was ordained
a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in 2000 and has been performing weddings
since 2002. She has also officiated at memorial services as well as
at daily Zen liturgies and ceremonial liturgies. She has been helping
people awaken to their depth and beauty for over thirty years in her
private practice of VoiceWorkTM and she has been teaching meditation
and classes in Zen practice, leading retreats and offering lectures
for ten years. Presently she works as an inter-faith chaplain at the
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and at Hennepin County
Medical Center. She lives with her husband of over three decades in
Minneapolis and her adult daughter lives in NYC.
Contact Marilyn Myo-O for more information>