“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 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 an heir of Zenkei Blanche Hartman however the transmission was completed by Shosan Victoria Austin Sensei of the San Francisco Zen Center.

At Still Breathing we consider the nature of embodiment in relationship to spiritual teachings of oneness and awareness. We also honor intuitive development and indigenous traditions. Through daily zazen (Zen meditation), retreats, and study circles we learn to see our lives as boundless and yet relative to everyday life. In addition to the teachings of Dogen Zenji (founder of Soto Zen in Japan) and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi you may want to know more about how we use those teachings at Still Breathing. Take a look at these two books by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Tell Me Something About Buddhism or The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. We meet in East Oakland, CA. The meditation space or zendo is attached to a private residence. No experience necessary.


REGULAR SITTING SCHEDULE – Still Breathing community meets on Wednesday Mornings – 6:30 am – 7:45 am. Wednesday mornings include chanting, bowing, zazen (sitting meditation), and short talks. Full Dharma talks occur during one day sits (see events) and you are welcome to attend the talk without attending the sit if you RSVP before the date of the sit and provided we are not full. Please send an email for the address as the center is attached to our home and internet is not the best place to display the location of our residence. We are a center making an effort to establish a stable, intimate, and familiar sangha in which we connect wholeheartedly.

NEW TO THE COMMUNITY –  To become a part of the community does not mean you have to become Buddhist or that you have to claim Rev. Zenju as your teacher. It means you are interested in meditation as a way to observe life and take compassionate action. If you would like to begin sitting with the Still Breathing community please come to our regular sitting on Wednesday mornings or come to any sitting meditation Event.

Sensei places emphasis on sitting zazen as a means to unfold your life. Practice discussions with her are meant to support sitting meditation only and not life crisis in which a therapist would serve you better. Also, she cannot answer emails regarding your personal practice or life situations unless she has given permission to you. She is currently booked for appearances throughout 2016. Please consider joining at any of our Events.

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