“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.” – Zenju Earthlyn Manuel


Welcome to Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center – A private hermitage in the hills of East Oakland, California. Our Japanese temple name is Yudo-Ji which means excellent way temple.

Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center guided by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel Sensei is a Zen meditation community based in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition within the Suzuki Roshi lineage. Rev. Zenju was ordained by Zenkei Blanche Hartman Roshi and received full dharma transmission in January 2016.

As a result of changes we are not able to accommodate new students and are moving from an open sitting schedule to a peer selection process in which current students are the ones who will invite newcomers to the regular sittings. However, public one day or half day sits with meditation instruction will be offered in the future. Check EVENTS on this website.

Rev. Zenju will be not be available for meetings or appearances until after summer 2017.  She will honor those events that were scheduled prior to this decision.



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