Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center began in 2013 in East Oakland in a home. While many dharma brothers and sisters came to sit with us, we found our sangha mostly to be black people of African descent. As a result, in 2017, we established a deep refuge in which we could relate the Buddha’s teachings to easing internalized oppression.

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, along with her role as guiding teacher for Still Breathing, also leads other events throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Check her website at zenju.org for more.

We currently have a process by which students invite new sangha members. This is to aid in orientation and training with Zen forms and help new students to settle in a new home. Therefore we do not have a public drop-in schedule. Please contact our Administrator if you are interested in more information.

ZenjurobedsmilingStill Breathing is under the guidance of Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Ph.D., who trained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition within the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She is the heir of the late Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Her dharma transmission was completed by Shosan Victoria Austin. While strongly rooted in Zen,  Sensei remains open to the benefits of indigenous practices and other paths of wisdom. She comes as a gatekeeper, one who welcomes you in, and/or spiritual companion, the one who walks with you once you have entered. While most of her students are of African descent, she is open to guide the practice of others at retreats or events outside of Still Breathing. If you are a practicing Zen student you can request time with her depending upon availability. Contact Unique Holland.