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 us. This is a book that will teach us all.
129 pages. Paperback.