Still Breathing Meditation Center

An oasis to experience peace in East Oakland, CA.
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Oakland, California
United States
1 Team Member

Have you ever wanted to just walk into a quiet sanctuary in the middle of the day, sit down for ten or fifteen minutes and listen to your heartbeat, or gather your wits after experiencing the craziness of the world?

STILL BREATHING MEDITATION CENTER is a community sanctuary of peace in the midst of East Oakland, CA where you can just sit on your own or with others. Just an oasis for time to breathe. And for those who want it, we offer meditation instruction, classes, and formal services.


This campaign is important to Oakland. It is important that there is a visible place in the midst of nearby gunfire that says there is peace. We need $20,000 to help bring the awareness of peace in Oakland.

For All Beings from Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on Vimeo.


The Center is fully community operated and I would like to see hard working community workers receive donations as the teacher will. That's right donations to community folk. Yes, donations will come in and be shared with those who set up the center, keep it clean, greet the faces, and keep the sanity :)


My partner Simbwala Schultz and I have spent money out of our pockets, sleepless nights talking about the Center, and time sitting inside the space breathing it in. Now we need help. We need $20,000 for rent, utilities, and donations to community folks who will hold the space open for those who want to sit. How do we reach $20,000 - 20 people at $1,000 would do it! 100 people at $200 would to it!  Of course going over $20,000 we would say yes, yes, yes! And we touch the earth with gratitude for your most honored gift.


Who would have thought that a black girl child from Los Angeles, raised by parents with Louisiana Creole heritage, would become an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and open up such a place in the 21st century? Not me. But here I am. Yes, that's me grinning.... But this Center is not centered on me. It's for everyone. I just thought you might want to see my face. You can go to and see more but you must come to have tea with sometime.

(photo of building above and Zenju by Vaschelle André of Divine Photography)


To join us or enter this sanctuary it is not necessary to be or become Buddhist, a meditator, Zen, or anything else. Everyone comes as they are. Sitting, walking, lying down, for ten, fifteen, an hour or two is an act of compassion–a simple way of caring for one's life. I purposely did not list this campaign under religion because it's about community. It's about where we live, within and without.

Imagine feeling inside like the running water below even while walking on a busy city street like MacArthur Blvd in Oakland where the Center is and in a city environment where most of us live and breathe:


We will have family sits, potlucks, and music on periodic Saturdays, to support family life and to help bring compassionate action in the world through relationships.

GIFTS TO YOU!  If I could change the word Perks for my campaign I would. Gifts, gifts, gifts is what I would call it. I love to give gifts....

Fortunately, I am an artist. Gifts will include items such as mugs, prints, and greeting cards, with original art by me. Except the $1,000 gift is a small sculpture that I will create especially for this campaign. These items are not available anywhere and will not go on sale later. They will not appear in your local store. These are sacred thank yous for the sacred gifts you bring.

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This campaign ended on April 30, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Bees Wax candles

    Two pure beeswax candles. When the candle is done put the wax outside and the bees will come and take it back.

    9 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $25USD
    Greeting cards

    Pack of six greetings with original art by Zenju.

    18 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $50USD
    Mug & Greeting Cards

    A 11 oz coffee mug in a gift box and pack of six greeting cards with original black and white artwork by Zenju.

    26 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $100USD
    Graphic poem

    Limited edition print of original artwork and poem by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $125USD
    Silent Walk and Talk

    Silent walk, poetry, lunch and tea in the woods with Larry Yang, Core teacher and co-founder of East Bay Meditation Center and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. Lunch and tea will be provided.

    1 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2015
  • $250USD
    Silent Walk

    Silent walk, poetry, lunch and tea in the woods with Larry Yang, Core teacher and co-founder of East Bay Meditation Center and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. Lunch and tea will be provided.

    2 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2015
  • $500USD
    Spiritual Writing Retreat

    A day of writing and guidance on how to get your spiritual books published plus spending tranquil time with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Sculpture by Zenju

    You will receive a small (5" - 6") bronze sculpture done by Zenju.

    1 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2015
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