Curated by owner Rachel Elizabeth Maley, Still Life Book Club selections move out of the realm of instruction and into inspiration. Endless “how to” books have graced each of our shelves, but at some point, we get down to doing and living. These short volumes are meant to inspire a full life of mindfulness.
All are welcome to attend discussions and gain new insights, regardless of whether you’ve completed (or even started) the book.
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: THE WAY OF TENDERNESS
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. 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. About the author: www.zenju.org.
Where to Find:
– borrow from your local library
– purchase used from your local used shop or on eBay
– purchase new at Still Life Meditation or from one our good friends: Semicolon Bookstore (Chicago’s only Black-woman-owned bookstore) or Women & Children First Bookstore (landmark Chicago feminist and queer bookstore)