Embrace this stunning opportunity to build a new world,
the world you long to live in yourself...

Do you long for healing — of yourself, your community, and your world?

Would you welcome a powerful understanding of this challenging moment in our lives and the opportunities it offers?

We are watching our familiar world self-destruct. We are confused, frightened, and disoriented. We know grief and loss and suffering.

Books by Penny Gill


The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos

We live in a time of great tumult and suffering. The wise among us know that we desperately need healing, not more blame, violence and greed. The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos: Compassion Teachings for Our Time invites us to begin the work of healing the suffering in our own lives and then in our communities and our world.

Through Penny Gill’s conversations with Teachers Manjushri and Kwan Yin, we learn skillful ways to uncover our deeply defended hearts and then to recognize our own Heart Center, our portal to the Source of the great compassion streaming throughout the universe.

Published in 2022 by Green Fire Press.


What in the World is Going On?

What in the World is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time  offers a rich description of how fear has permeated our lives. Fear creates endless suffering in every life, and blocks our awareness of our interdependence with each other. Manjushri, the great Tibetan deity of wisdom, explains how to open ourselves to the compassion at the very heart of the cosmos, healing ourselves and our communities. He encourages us to awaken our heart center and welcome the new consciousness.

Recent Teachings, Talks and Interviews

Through Penny Gill, Manjushri has continued to offer Teachings in support of our own developing wisdom and understanding of what is going on in our world. These will be posted here along with occasional pieces by Penny Gill and others.

The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos Book Launch

By PennyGill | May 11, 2022

I am thrilled to announce that my new book, The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos: Compassion Teachings for Our Time, has arrived. It is part memoir, in which I tell some stories of my own spiritual journey these last years, and partly a collection of teachings from myself and my guides, Manjushri and Kwan Yin. Please join me in conversation with friend and editor Jennifer […]

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The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos: Compassion Teachings for Our Time

By PennyGill | April 7, 2022

We are desperate for healing – as individuals, as families and communities, as a nation riven by mistrust and hatred, and as a planet reeling from our mindless destruction of our only home. We are overwhelmed by rampant ignorance, greed, and violence. We are swamped by fear, and rightly so.
To begin to extricate ourselves from this profound mess of our own making, we must begin by healing ourselves. We each must stop, listen within for the voices of fear and longing, and begin there. Our destination is the deep layers within, where old fears lie and fester. Even though they may be quite invisible, long forgotten, and long denied, they shape every aspect of our lives: who we are, how we relate, and how we even see the world around us. Those hidden fears, buried in the Shadows of the unconscious, create what we believe is “the real world.” It isn’t, of course, for it is a world fashioned by illusions and projections. It is not a world where we might flourish. (p.2)

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Into the Wilderness

By PennyGill | March 26, 2022

photo P.GillHow can we remove the obstacles to recognizing who we really are and what our life purpose might be? A gospel story tells how  Jesus went into the wilderness for a long retreat, and there had quite a conversation with Satan. It offers some excellent advice. From a sermon for St Johns UCC Church on March 13, 2022. This is a story of encounters: […]

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Are You Weary? A Poem for You

By PennyGill | March 10, 2022

A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted by John O’Donohue

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About Manjushri

Considered the great Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri is a central figure in Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a sword over his head, ready to cut through ignorance and delusion.

He arrived, unbidden, to Penny Gill years ago, and offered to give her an alternative view of the contemporary world and its major problems.


About Penny Gill

Penny Gill, retired Dean of the College and Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, taught political science for 45 years. She has long been interested in several spiritual traditions, as well as the work of C.G. Jung. She now lives on Madeline Island, one of the twenty-two Apostle Islands in western Lake Superior, where she continues to receive Teachings from Manjushri and Kwan Yin.