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.

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The Book

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 Gift of Cave Days

Are you bone weary and overwhelmed by your days of obligations and responsibilities and chores? Do you wonder if you can get through the long, dark winter, while supporting those you love and care for? Are you just plain running on Empty? Me too. We all are, one way or another. Several weeks ago, I…

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A Time to Grieve and a Time to Plant

Penny’s sermon this morning responds to these very fraught times in the country, A Time to Grieve and a Time to Plant. In your comment, it would be wonderful if you would please include which seed you plan to plant these next weeks and months  We are many, and it would be deeply encouraging to…

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Let’s Not Waste This Moment! by Penny Gill November 5, 2020

This is a profound opportunity to deepen our understanding of some fundamental realities of the United States. Let me explain, please. But first, let’s remember, we are worn out, thread bare, disappointed, stunned, and afraid. And much more. Why were the polls so wrong? Why does half the country seem to live in another world…

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Find the Calm: Advice from Manjushri

In these frightening and turbulent times, there are powerful ways to stay awake and stay calm. Read on! I woke in a pool of sadness and distress this morning, lonely and discouraged and without energy for any task. Underneath that lay great swaths of grief over the continuing attacks on the essential institutions of the…

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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.

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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.