Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

The ancestors or those who have come before, have lead Zenju’s spiritual path since birth. In life, she was influenced by the teachings of her Creole Louisiana parents, Christ, Buddha, Yoruba and Vodou teachings, ancient Chinese philosophy, and Lakota Native American traditions of healing. This path has led her to being a diviner and ordained Zen Buddhist priest.She loves to create poetry and artwork, write fiction and non-fiction, and divine with her dream created oracles, the Black Angel Cards. She also likes to drum Congolese rhythms, sing Lakota songs. Her publications include Tell Me Something About Buddhism-with a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh and an upcoming book from Wisdom Publications titled The Way of Tenderness: Awakening with the Challenges of Race, Sexuality and Gender (February 2015).  She is contributing author to many other books (see Zenju.org for more).