Welcome to the page for Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center – in East Oakland, California. Our Japanese temple name is Yudo-Ji which means excellent way temple.

Donations to Still Breathing
General Donations to support Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center/Yudo-ji. Can be made on this page in the top right-hand column.

Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center is small with big work. If you feel fit to support Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and the sangha please do so. We are a community with a commitment to peace.  All donations are tax deductible under the fiscal sponsorship of World Trust Educational Services.

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For questions send an email to the sangha administrator, Unique Holland or use the form below. Please send as much information as possible. Thank you.



Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Ph.D., was taught in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition within the Suzuki Roshi lineage. Yet, she remains open to the benefits of indigenous practices and other paths of wisdom. She comes as a gatekeeper, one who welcomes you in, and/or spiritual companion, the one who walks with you once you have entered.

In that vein, she has been a gate or companion into Buddha’s teachings primarily for people of African descent while remaining open and encourages others to access the dharma through her. Check EVENTS on this website

Note: For more information please contact Unique Holland, Assistant.


Meditation is the silence that becomes loud in a thunderous beat of our hearts which keeps us awake to the ordinary and the extraordinary of our existence. It is the invitation that comes from our own suffering, the waiting for our acceptance of an innately divine relationship with everything and everyone.

Meditation is not only to gain insight but also to bring a state of concentration and relaxation so that you are prepared to meet whatever comes up in life. So when we become calm in meditation that is not the ultimate destination. That is the beginning of preparing oneself to see oneself. It is not a technique but rather a path to see beyond the clutter of life.

One can say meditation prepares you to meet yourself, family, community and be open to a lineage of ancestors that have brought you to this life. That ancestor can be the earth, it can be a plant, it can be the source of light from which we all came from; it can be your bloodline, or deceased teachers of your spiritual path. Anything that has come before your own ideas and thoughts and strategies of life.

In other words, meditation can lead to a connection to life that is more than your one life. And this is the expansiveness sages of old experienced and transmitted to us.