11:00 am - 12:30 pm
A THREE-PART DHARMA TALK SERIES with Upaya Zen Center, with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. She will introduce teachings from her new book, Opening to Darkness: Eight Gateways for Being with the Absence of Light in Unsettling Times.
Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s powerful new book, Opening to Darkness, was written during the peak of the COVID pandemic—a time when the entire world was trapped in fear and there was nowhere to flee. There was also a rise in anti-blackness at the time. This period of deep darkness inspired Zenju Osho to ponder if there is a way to live in unsettling times that most humans have forgotten. “I felt called to share teachings about darkness, so I asked myself, ‘What do I, a black-bodied person who has lived my entire life through systemic oppression, know about darkness? What is it about darkness and blackness that terrorizes us so much that we run from it, rather than go deeper into it? How can we experience dark times, with the skill of an awakened one?’”