“Do you wear your ‘no’ on your sleeve
protecting your ‘yes’?”

— Shane Michael Manieri
from the poem “The Simplicity of Thoreau

Shane Michael Manieri is a poet and an avid truth-seeker. Growing up the son of a preacher, it is only natural that Shane developed a passion for the sacred.  Unfulfilled by the sermons he heard growing up, Shane stumbled upon a smart little book called Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh (and is extremely interested in the relationship between Buddhism and the Abrahamic religions), which then lead him to other mind-deepening books on Buddhism by Shambhala founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, thus confirming his appreciation for the philosophies of an ascetic man he once thought of only as a little fat statue in a Chinese restaurant.

Shane helped create QueerDharma, a LGBTQ Buddhist outreach group, and has gone on to blog for Tricycle: A Buddhist Review magazine, and the New York Press, a weekly ragmag publication. He received his BA in creative writing and psychology from New School University in New York City. There he learned of Kohut and his theories on Self-psychology, which is the closest, he says, to Buddhology he has found in the West.

Shane has been certified in Buddhist Studies at the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies International, is a meditation practice instructor with Nalandabodhi New York, and is now studying the Tibetan tantras, which could take life times.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana (he misses his family), Shane currently lives with his two cats in Manhattan. He occasionally updates his poetry blog, The Red Shelley Blog.

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