Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Osho is an ordained Zen priest and the dharma heir of Buddha and the late Zenkei Blanche Hartman (in photo) in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage through the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). She was Shuso (head Student) with Kiku Christina Lehnherr Roshi and her Dharma Transmission was completed by Shosan Victoria Austin Osho and she has suggested the title Osho, for my work, meaning great teacher in the Zen tradition.
Osho Zenju’s practice is influenced by Native American and African indigenous traditions.She was raised in the Church of Christ where she was an avid reader of the Bible and adored the true mystic teachings on Christ’s path well into adulthood. She also participated in ceremony with Ifá diviners from Dahomey, Africa and brieflly studied Yoruba. She holds a Ph.D. and formally worked for decades as a social science researcher, development director for non-profit organizations and those serving women and girls, cultural arts, and mental health.
Finally, she is a lover of art, music, indie film, literature, and dance.
Here’s what Lama Tsultrim had to say about her:
“Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Osho, has walked through these many different kinds of doors spiritually and academically, she has a PhD, She’s also a poet and author. And essentially she’s a Seer. Cultures in the past always had Seers in them. In fact, in our Drubchen, which is a ceremony that we do, 10-day ceremony at a Mandala, one of the seats is for the Seer. The Seer watches for obstacles. And this role of Seer has been lost in our culture.
So there’s no clear avenue to go down, if you find yourself becoming a Seer or if you are a Seer from, from birth. And so she’s really worked and woven herself into these various frameworks to ultimately become who she already was, which is a visionary. And so her work in the Black Angel Cards was really her first Seer visionary experience, which she then had to make sense of, which took her into her academic as well as her religious studies. And so to have a Seer amongst us at this time, I feel very very honored.”
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