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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.

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.

As of May 2014, Joan Sutherland, Roshi has retired from active teaching due to her health. She offers her deep gratitude and warmest wishes to all those she's worked with over the past twenty years. She will be focusing on writing, and the work of Cloud Dragon : The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works to organize and publish her work continues. Awakened Life also continues, and this website is updated regularly with community news and events, as well as with Joan Sutherland's ongoing work.

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

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.

On March 14, 2015, Megan Rundel's community gathered in Orinda, California, to celebrate her becoming a Sensei. Joan Sutherland, Roshi, who appointed her, sent this welcome and blessing to the gathering. from Cloud Dragon The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works on Vimeo.

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