“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 name is Yudo-Ji which means excellent way temple.

Zenjubytree[1200]Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center guided by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel 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 of the San Francisco Zen Center. Zenju considers herself to be an heir of both.

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 – The schedule is not listed here because we are not a drop in center. 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. We are a center making an effort to establish a stable, small, 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 any one-day sitting meditation event. The next one is, Planting Our Feet: A One Day Sit-April 30th.  During this event  you can have a one-on-one talk with the teacher about your practice needs. One day events fill up quickly.

At this time there are no private teas or meetings being scheduled outside of the practice schedule. Also, she cannot answer emails regarding your personal practice or life situations. Please consider joining at any of our Events.

People of Color Study Weekend at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
– August 2016 – Registration is now open –  Click here

Read 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, Planting Our Feet: A One Day Sit

Click Here for this Giveaway:  Simple Instructions for A Sitting Meditation Practice  For more information contact:



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