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written in the dirt—the message of awakened ancestors By Zenju Earthlyn Manuel I sit near the door of my house. The steam of my pu’er tea drifts in the direction of the mourning doves’ cooing. I see the faces of my mother and father in the mountains. They’ve died but...

Teachings

  VIDEOS Coming   RECORDINGS A Conversation with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and Kaishin Unique Holland on The Deepest Peace at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies   [More to come – keep an eye out here}              ...

Slipping Into Peace

It’s dark. The wake-up bell rings for morning meditation in the zendo. Feet hang out the side of the bed. The time has come to do the mundane— wash the face, brush the teeth. The bath in the hot springs will come in the afternoon before tea. For now, it is...

What Would MLK Say Today?

Dr. King said, “We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” Yet, we continue to experience hatred today. Is it in part because we misunderstood Dr. King’s teaching as a political ploy to give...

My Father

My father Lawrence Manuel Jr. was born in 1898 and always dressed in snazzy suits and hats with shiny Florsheim shoes. He was 60 when I was born. It was funny teaching him about remote controls and tape recorders. He taught me how to do a bit of carpentry work. I...