"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Dr. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, author, visual artist, drummer, and Zen Buddhist priest, combining Indigenous African and Native American wisdom to her spiritual path. She lives in Oakland, CA where she teaches at East Bay Meditation Center and leads small practice groups in her home. She was ordained at San Francisco Zen Center by Zenkei Blanche Hartman and her priest training is being guided by Abbess Kiku Christina Lehnherr. Her recent book Tell Me Something About Buddhism (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2011) includes a foreword written by Thich Nhat Hanh, with poetry and illustrations by Zenju Earthlyn. She is the author and illustrator of The Black Angel Cards, a healing tool for African American women. In addition, she is contributing author to many books, including Dharma, Color and Culture: Voices From Western Buddhist Teachers of Color and the forthcoming Record of the Hidden Lamp: 100 Koans and Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. For more information, visit

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