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Welcome to Awakened Life

Welcome to Awakened Life
Joan Sutherland, Roshi
Founding Teacher
Awakened Life is a re-imagining of the Zen koan tradition that is rooted in its original values: life as a process of awakening; meditation, inquiry, imagination, and relationship as ways to discover and deepen that awakening; and creativity and caring for our world as the natural expression of awakening. We believe that Buddha nature is everywhere, and so we value the art and the metaphors, the myths and the landscapes of this time and place. Awakened Life is a constantly evolving field of practice, shaped by the experiences of people right here and now. Enlightenment as a conspiracy of friends.
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The Awakened Life programs and community are in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where founding teacher Joan Sutherland lives. Awakened Life forms the center of The Open Source, a network of practice communities and individuals in the western United States committed to co-creation, life in this world, and awakening together.

We are pretty darned happy to announce the publication of
Acequias & Gates : Miscellaneous Koans and Miscellaneous Writings on Koans
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by Joan Sutherland

Acequias & Gates is a beautiful book that contains the foundation koans of the Pacific Zen line. Its publication marks a moment in which we move from being an experiment in the basement to a mature koan school. Joan Sutherland's brilliant koan mind matches the brilliant koan minds in the ancient world.
~ John Tarrant, Roshi, Pacific Zen Institute

Beginning July 8, 2013, Joan Sutherland is on indefinite leave from teaching due to her health.
Awakened Life continues as a practice community, and information about our events is updated
on this site.

Listen to Dharma Talks from Joan Sutherland
Vimalakirti's Silence July 14, 2011
The Deepest Healing October 3, 2011 (courtesy of Prajna Yoga)

Joan Sutherland: The Habits That No Longer Serve You from Omega Institute on Vimeo.

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