“What does liberation mean when I have incarnated in a particular body, with
a particular shape, color, and sex?”
In The Way of Tenderness, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist
philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, sexuality, and gender,
using wisdom forged through personal experience and practice to rethink problems
of identity and privilege.
Manuel brings her own experiences as a lesbian black woman into conversation
with Buddhism to square our ultimately empty nature with superficial perspectives
of everyday life. Her hard-won insights reveal that dry wisdom alone is not
sufficient to heal the wounds of the marginalized; an effective practice must
embrace the tenderness found where conventional reality and emptiness intersect.
Only warmth and compassion can cure hatred and heal the damage it wreaks within
This is a book that will teach us all.
Format Paperback | 144
pages Publication date 19 Feb 2015 Publisher Wisdom Publications,U.S.