Tell Me Something About Buddhism – Book Signing

Zenju Earthlyn Marselean Manuel

“I am not into Buddhism to be a Buddhist, I’m into it to heal.”

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is a Soto Zen Priest, Congolese drummer, a visual artist, and contributing author to several books including: Together We Are One, edited by Thich Nhat Hanh, and Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism. She is the subject of the new film Zenju’s Path, which premiered at the Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2010. [Hampton Roads Publishing]

Read the complete book description here.

Manuel, who was been involved in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, after an L.A. upbringing in an African-American Christian church, intertwines throughout the book her personal experiences as one of the first African-American Zen priests. Her life in the Sangha, her teaching in prisons, and her travels around the world meeting other Buddhist practitioners enliven her answers to the most fundamental questions about Buddhist practice. She writes, “Had I not opened myself to the many teachings from the earth, such as Buddha’s wisdom, it would have been nearly impossible to survive the fires of my soul.” Included are about 20 illustrations by the author in her trademark charcoal and pencil style.


Mobile phone camera snapshot gallery.

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Book signing and reception at the Montclair Women’s Cultural Center
Oakland, CA – 10.16.2011.

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3 Responses to “Tell Me Something About Buddhism – Book Signing”

  1. […] My writing is hard work because my  intention goes beyond a creative display but rather it is an effort to connect and touch the hearts of those around me.  Thanks to all of those who came out to celebrate with me Sunday. My dear sister friend Skye Ward has a wonderful post about Sunday’s celebration.  Take a look by clicking the following link: […]

  2. John Coombs Says:

    Interesting… I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique and am now a practicing Buddhist. I sometimes wonder how Buddhism would go over in Africa… Blessings

  3. John Coombs Says:

    … and also the African American community

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