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Dr. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD, author, visual artist, drummer and Zen Buddhist priest, is the guiding teacher of Still Breathing Meditation Center in East Oakland, CA. She was ordained with Zenkei Blanche Hartman and is under the training of Kiku Christina Lehnherr, a former abbess of the San Francisco Zen Center. Zenju was shuso/head student for the Fall 2012 Practice Period at City Center, which was led by Christina Lehnherr. She is the author of Tell Me Something About Buddhism (Hampton Roads Publishing), which includes a foreword written by Thich Nhat Hanh, with poetry and illustrations by Zenju Earthlyn. Her newest book was released in the spring of 2015, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender (Wisdom Publications). In addition, she is a contributing author to many books, including Dharma, Color and Culture: Voices From Western Buddhist Teachers of Color (Parallax) and The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications), edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. For more information go to zenju.org.