Conversation between Reverend Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and Professor Michaela Mross
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Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is a poet and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage. She is the author of The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season of Stillness; Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging; The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender; and Tell Me Something About Buddhism: Questions and Answers for the Curious Beginner.
Michaela Mross is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford. She specializes in Japanese Buddhism, with a particular emphasis on Sōtō Zen, Buddhist rituals, sacred music, as well as manuscript and print culture in premodern Japan. She has written numerous articles on kōshiki 講式 (Buddhist ceremonials) and co-edited a special issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies on kōshiki. Based on six-years full-time research in Japan, she is currently finishing a book on the development of kōshiki in the Sōtō school. She is further working on a monograph on eisanka 詠讃歌 (Buddhist hymns) and lay Buddhist choirs in contemporary Zen Buddhism. This project will showcase how music played a vital role in the modernization of Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhism in the last seventy years.
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