Day 5: Love as a Spiritual Path

Day 5: Love as a Spiritual Path 2017-05-24T07:03:22-06:00

Being Love

Reverend Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Discover the powerful shift of moving from being in love to being love
  • Explore interconnection and love as coming from within
  • Learn the 4 Paths of Being Love
  • Hear an inspiring aspiration for all beings

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Born to parents who migrated from rural Louisiana, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, a dharma transmitted Zen Buddhist priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, is the author of The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender with a foreword by Buddhist scholar and novelist Charles Johnson (Wisdom Publications) and Tell Me Something About Buddhism (Hampton Roads Publishing) with a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is contributing author to many books, including Together We are One (Parallax), Dharma, Color and Culture: Voices From Western Buddhist Teachers of Color (Parallax) and Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications). Learn more at her website:

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  1. Katie May 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I find such peace in sitting with the sense of “being love”. ….simple, and profound. I add it to my mantras.

  2. Char May 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I appreciate this talk so much. It is a long, long journey to soak in and express these teachings… glad to be on the path with you!

  3. Lesley May 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Amazing! Thank you, thank you

  4. Rani May 23, 2017 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Beautiful! So many wise words and feelings to consider. I love the idea of one moment at a time.

    The words at the end were very moving and it was lovely to hear such a real and authentic talk. Thank you!

  5. Nathalie May 23, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    wonderful – thank you Zenju Earthlyn Manuel!
    the final words (dedication of merit) brought tears into my eyes and is giving me so much courage.
    deep gratitude.

  6. Steven May 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Deep bow

  7. Jennifer May 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I feel peaceful listening to you tell the truth. Thank you, Reverend.

  8. shawn May 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    So beautiful. Much to reflect on in my relationship to self and others.

  9. Trish May 22, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Tears in my eyes as I sit having listened to Reverned Zenju; so beautiful her words, I don’t know how to respond. I had an experience once where in a moment I knew that I didn’t know what love was, what I did know was that what I thought I felt wasn’t love. This has been such an inspiring talk…such an open talk. I wrote down words while listening that touched me…like “teachings can’t be accomplished” and I recognized that I hold this view as if somehow I can accomplish a teaching, I can arrived at it and then say wow, I got that one. No, I don’t arrive…I am always traveling the path. That we are all born in love and what does that mean to me…yes, I was held in love, and then…. so very much to contemplate. And I feel full having heard these words. Thank you, thank you.

  10. Shan Moy May 22, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

    It not easy to see all the effort that was put into this seminar and then make some critical statement about the content or the difference between the communication of one teacher or another but I feel it would have been better to address the issues of infidelity and dishonesty that can be the problem in a relationship.

  11. Mimi May 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    You cannot give love. All you can do is BE love.

  12. Marilyn Haverly May 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    “Be love” instead of “give love” is helpful to me. As caregiver to a mother who struggled (and failed) to express nurturing, tender love to me as a child, I too feel a deficiency if I objectify love and think of it as something to try to ‘get’ and ‘hold onto’ in order to have some to give away. Thank you for this teaching. There was a lot for me to think about and I feel encouraged about expressing love in all my relationships.

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