The Shamanic Bones of Zen

Revealing the Ancestral Spirit and Mystical Heart of a Sacred Tradition

By Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Contributions by Paula Arai
Foreword by Paula Arai

- Paperback
Shambhala Publications
Pages: 192
Size: 5 x 8
ISBN: 9781611809190

In The Shamanic Bones of Zen, celebrated author and Buddhist teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel undertakes a rich exploration of the connections between contemporary Zen practice and shamanic, or indigenous, spirituality. Drawing on her personal journey with the black church, with African, Caribbean, and Native American ceremonial practices, and with Nichiren and Zen Buddhism, she builds a compelling case for cultivating the shamanic, or magical, elements in Buddhism—many of which have been marginalized by colonialist and modernist forces in the religion. The book conveys guidance for readers interested in Zen practice including ritual, preparing sanctuaries, engaging in chanting practices, and deepening embodiment with ceremony.