The Way of Tenderness

In The Way of Tenderness, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, sexuality, and gender, using wisdom forged through personal experience and practice to rethink problems of identity and privilege.

Manuel brings her own experiences into conversation with Buddhism to square our ultimately empty nature with superficial perspectives of everyday life. Her hard-won insights reveal that dry wisdom alone is not sufficient to heal the wounds of the marginalized; an effective practice must embrace the tenderness found where conventional reality and emptiness intersect. Only warmth and compassion can cure hatred and heal the damage it wreaks within us.

The foreword was written by Dr. Charles Johnson who  is the author of four novels Faith and the Good Thing (1974), Oxherding Tale (1982),  Middle Passage (1990), and Dreamer (Scribner, l998); three collection of short stories, and several dharma books including Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories, and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice (Shambhala Publications).

Please first ask your local bookstore to order the book or order from the publisher Wisdom Publications.

Also available at AUDIBLE.COM. A sample reading is available there.


The book was featured in Buddhadharma Buddhist Journal – click on the name here:  The Wisdom In My Bones_Zenju Earthlyn Manuel-1

Online retreat with Tricycle magazine

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