Embodied and Boundless: A Conversation with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
April 21, 2021
Sensei Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is an ordained Zen priest and the dharma heir of Buddha in the Suzuki Roshi lineage through the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). She is the author of several books including The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season of Stillness, Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality, and Gender, and Be Love: An Exploration of Our Deepest Desire.
Sensei Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
is an ordained Zen priest and the dharma heir of Buddha in the Suzuki Roshi lineage through the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). Sensei Zenju’s practice is influenced by Native American and African indigenous traditions. She was raised in the Church of Christ where she was an avid reader of the Bible and adored the true mystic teachings on Christ’s path well into adulthood.
In this conversation we explore the ways mysticism cannot be embodied, the importance of sanctuary as a place of safety, and the value of rage. On being a contemplative, Sensei Zenju says, “Practicing to be a contemplative… you’re learning to be embodied and to be boundless at the same time.”
TW: In this episode suicide is briefly mentioned in the context of dealing with rage and racial injustice. If this would be difficult or problematic for you, please let me know and I can work to get you a version with that portion edited out, no questions asked.