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“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, 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 VoiceWork™ 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 twenty-nine years in Minneapolis and her twenty-six year old daughter lives in NYC.