Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s deepest vow is to be a person who doesn’t cause suffering and walks in peace. It’s what we all really want.
As a dharma teacher, says Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, she’s told she shouldn’t feel or express rage, but she disagrees.
If you’re still holding up and trying to meditate right now, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel invites you to fall down.
“What if our deluded minds aren’t a barrier to enlightenment at all?,” asks Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. “What if they are the very path to it?”
When Zenju Earthlyn Manuel was assigned to clean the Zen temple, she felt generations of oppression rise in her. Conversing with her ancestors about what this work really meant helped her see how it could be healing.
I was hungry when I attended my first Nichiren Buddhist meeting in 1988. I mean that literally.