Chanting Workshop – Nov. 11

Chanting Workshop
Sat, Nov 11, 9 am – Noon
with Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher
In-person only

To support and bookend zazen, we ring the bell.  When we chant, we are the bell.  We are the bell that is awakening and is awakened by its very nature.  This is really very simple, and we were made for it.

We invite you to spend this Saturday morning together entering into the world of sound by: awakening the body, awakening the breath, and attuning the voice to both hearing and sensing the sound that we will make together.  When we chant, the sound is both produced by us, and produces us in relationship with the text.  The vowels and consonants of the text awaken our instruments and nurture, encourage and enlarge our practice. 

Please come and help each other enjoy this beauty.  Joy and laughter are welcome.

No prior chanting or bell ringing experience is necessary.

Myo-O Habermas-Scher is a fully ordained Soto Zen priest, having received transmission in 2012 from Dokai Georgesen, Guiding Teacher at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community.  She began Zen practice in 1975 with Katagiri Roshi, who was her root teacher.  Myo-O recently retired after fourteen years as a staff chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and is a mom and a grandma to two little boys.

She was a professional dancer in her youth and is trained in a number of body-mind practices, including Yoga, Qi Gong and Body Mind Centering™.  She is the originator of VoiceWork™, a somatically based voice training, which she offers in private practice, and has taught at several colleges and universities. In addition, she has given voice healings at Pathways, a complementary healing center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over three decades.


Clouds in Water relies on a Gift Economics Model of resource transparency, suggested sliding scale tiers and no set fees in order to balance financial sustainability, the Buddhist practice of generosity, justice and equity. Clouds in Water is a community supported temple, relying primarily on the donations and class fees that our sangha offers.

Sliding Scale (All are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

  • Level 1: $150 (covers teacher payments, and Clouds admin/staffing, and makes it possible for more people to attend who cannot afford the full amount)
  • Level 2: $105 (covers teacher payments and Clouds admin/staffing)
  • Level 3: $45 (covers Clouds admin/staffing)
  • Your Level: You choose the amount. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

“We know in our hearts that there is a different way to be, a different way to live. Our generosity with one another is indeed resistance to the greed and fear that oppresses us. We provide for one another out of love for each other and love for ourselves. When we give, we acknowledge that all beings want to be happy.”
-Jacoby Ballard

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