“While Zen Buddhism cannot be thoroughly articulated with words, it can be experienced as living in the unknown. Living in such a way gives an unlimited landscape in which to be an aspirant of liberation. Many of the teachings are seen as paradoxical but what is being presented is an open field of illumination without any end to what you might experience. Zazen, sitting meditation, is an experience of the open field, the illumination that comes from the darkness of life and practice. When we accept the path, we walk through the gate with all of who we are. So, it is important to consider all the suffering, including that of systemic oppression, and to understand the nature of our human condition. A return to the breath is a return to nature. Ahhhhhh!”- Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel (she/her) sees Zen and all meditation practices as shamanic in nature. Zen is living in ritual and ceremony and through those activities we come to see and know the chaotic and sublime nature of our lives. More teachings by Zenju Osho are available on video and audio at this website and on her podcast All Life is Poetry.
Still Breathing Sangha, led by Zenju Osho and senior students, is a private refuge for Zen practitioners of African descent, where we explore internalized oppression with the teachings found in Zen Buddhism. Zenju also has students outside of the Still Breathing Sangha of all backgrounds, but she is currently not taking on new students.