The Open Source
The network is centered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Joan Sutherland teaches through Awakened Life. The network also includes
The Dreaming Lotus in Berkely, CA (a monthly Koan Salon hosted by Megan Rundel)
Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wet Mountain Sangha in Pueblo, Colorado
and Desert Rain Zen in Tucson, Arizona
The Open Source was founded by Joan Sutherland, Roshi.
Open Source teacher Sarah Bender, Sensei is the resident teacher for Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs. From 2001 to 2006 Sarah Bender served as the meditation instructor for Springs Mountain Sangha, and in 2006 she received authorization to teach from Joan Sutherland, becoming a sensei with The Open Source. She is also the Cadet Chapel Buddhist Program Leader for the United States Air Force Academy, and she leads occasional retreats for the Wet Mountain Sangha, in Pueblo. She is a learning disability specialist in private practice.
Andrew Palmer, Sensei, began practicing with Springs Mountain Sangha in 1999 and was named a meditation instructor in 2007. He was authorized to teach by Joan Sutherland in February 2011, and looks forward to continuing to develop Our Way while having the opportunity to work more closely with others, individually and in retreat settings, as an Open Source sensei. Andrew's love of koans and affinity for the ancestors combines with an everyday, ordinary-mind-is-the-way approach to practice, where awakening is always readily at hand. Andrew lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and son.
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Tenney Nathanson, Sensei started studying with Joan Sutherland in 1997, regularly attending retreats in northern California and New Mexico. In 2008 he and Jennifer Sellers founded Desert Rain Zen in Tucson, serving as Meditation Instructors in this new Open Source group. Tenney was authorized to teach by Joan in early 2012 and now serves as Desert Rain Zen's resident teacher. A poet as well as a scholar of American poetry, Tenney is fascinated by the life-changing power of both koans and poems to open us up to intimate experiences of emptiness and form. Tenney lives in Tucson with his family, where he teaches in the University of Arizona English Department and helps lead the arts collective POG as well as Desert Rain Zen.
Our practice has the power to reveal a Zen that is not bound to another time and a different place, a Zen that is native to us; we begin to recognize the ineffable in the images and metaphors of this time and place, arising out of our landscapes, our ancestral spirits, our poetries, our psyches, and our songs.