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.

Welcome, Friend! May you find what you need here, to encourage your life journey towards ever more healing, compassion, and wisdom.

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.


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.

Second Edition, 2023, with new Foreword and Preface.

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.

Good News from Penny

By PennyGill | May 25, 2023

Dear friends…I have wonderful news about my two books. Please forgive me if I shout a bit, as I am so excited! First, my recent book, The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos: Compassion Teachings for Our Time, Green Fire Press, 2022, has just been awarded a major prize by Nautilus Book Awards, in the category of Rise to the Moment. Nautilus Book Awards receives newly […]

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Welcome to the Bardo Sermon

By PennyGill | November 4, 2022

Hello, dear friends…I apologize for vanishing from my blogging life all summer. I needed, apparently, a long pause after the joy and excitement of seeing The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos (Green Fire Press) actually in print! You can find it at your local book store, Amazon, or my website, Thewisdomteachings.org.   Here is the text and a video of a talk I gave Sunday […]

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Book Launch Recording: The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos

By PennyGill | June 3, 2022

  Dear friends…I am so happy to share the video recording of my conversation with Green Fire Press publisher Jennifer Browdy, as we launched The Radiant Heart of the Cosmos: Compassion Teachings for Our Time, on Sunday, May 22. All good wishes! Watch it here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tFCD-E9syXI

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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 Green Fire […]

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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 Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin, She Who Hears the Cries of the World, is the beloved Buddhist deity of compassion, closely linked to Tara and Avalokiteschvara. She has been Penny’s generous and wise guide for many years, supporting her decades-long journey on the path of healing, compassion and wisdom.