February 18, 2014
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel Opening Still Breathing Meditation Center in Oakland

Grand Opening – March 16, 2014, 3 pm- 5 pm
A notice from Zenju, a recent former shuso (head student) at City Center in 2012, and teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center:

The Still Breathing Meditation Center grew from a simple desire to share a space that I had seen along my travels in Oakland. The house my partner and I lived in was sold, and therefore my ongoing sitting meditation sangha had nowhere to go. Eventually, I was offered a free space at a popular urban farm, but I needed more space and time slots to offer other dharma activities. As things go, I met someone who owned both a house to live in and a space to teach. I accepted both.

By Zenju (calligraphy is my name Dharma Ekai Zenju)

By Zenju (calligraphy is my name Dharma Ekai Zenju)

The idea of a center seemed daunting to me, especially at my age. I lost a great amount of sleep thinking that starting a center might not have been the right thing for me. However, when I embraced what was gifted I saw that it wasn’t about “me.” I saw the space as the perfect place in which to be joined by others interested in practicing interrelationship with all beings. I saw the center as a neighborhood gathering space. It would be a space available to those who need large group space for meetings, workshops or classes that resonate with the heart of the Center. It could also be a space to enter and just sit if one needs silent time or sanctuary during the day, much like the ashrams of India.

It is a simple storefront that could be an oasis from the chaos and violence that is engulfing Oakland as I write. The center stands in a multicultural, multi-generational, multi-class, multi-everything community where every day people of all sorts walk by each other rushing here and there. Perhaps they will all stop and read the words “Still Breathing” on the building and instantly feel the peace that is available to them. Perhaps this could be the beginning of a movement to create an oasis in every neighborhood near or in communities working towards wellness and liberation.

Our grand opening is March 16th, 2014, from 3 pm – 5 pm. Please come and join the celebration and blessing for the Center.

Still Breathing Meditation Center
4148 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Check the website above for the regular schedule, to be posted soon.