“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

The Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center guided by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is a meditation community based in the Soto Zen tradition within the Suzuki Roshi Lineage. Zenju was ordained by Zenkei Blanche Hartman Roshi and will complete full dharma transmission in January 2016 with the permission of Hartman Sensei and under the instruction of Kiku Christina Lehnherr and Shosan Victoria Austin of the San Francisco Zen Center.


At Still Breathing we consider the nature of embodiment and identity in relationship to spiritual teachings of oneness and awareness. We also honor intuitive development and indigenous traditions in our practice as a whole. Through daily meditation, retreats and study circles we learn to see our lives as boundless and yet relative to everyday life. If you want to know more about the direction of the teachings at Still Breathing you might want to take a look at these two books, 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 – These sessions are for continuing members of the community or for those who have meditation practice discussion sessions on a regular basis with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.

NEW TO THE COMMUNITY- START HERE–  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 request a private session with Rev. Zenju by filling out the form below. The session is a discussion about establishing a Zen meditation practice or questions about your continuing meditation practice. This community is not a drop in sangha meaning Rev. Zenju would like to meet with everyone at least once (if she doesn’t already know you) prior to receiving the sitting schedule. It is a private schedule so you will not see the schedule on this site.


Ubuntu Dharma Group – Ubuntu, for women of African descent, began four years ago before Still Breathing was established. It is a group in which only members and the teacher can refer new participants. We study Buddha’s teachings in relationship to our lived experience. If you are interested please fill out the form below.

Open Dharma Group for Everyone – Subject is chosen by the group. If you are interested in participating in this group please let us know by filling out the box below. When we have enough interest we will come together and create what we would like to see happen and when.

POC Study Weekend at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center – August 2016 – Registration opens January 1st –  Click here

Way of Tenderness Dharma Study Groups for everyone. Upcoming courses in 2016 on Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s book The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender. Way of Tenderness Front cover

One day Sit: Next one, January 23rd, 2016 – The Breath of Fire

Thursday Dharma Talks – See  Events

Click Here for this Giveaway:  Simple Instructions for A Sitting Meditation Practice




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