Joan Sutherland, Roshi, is Senior Teacher Emerita of Pacific Zen Institute and the founder of Awakened Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joan taught in Santa Fe, NM through Awakened Life, the community that gathered around her teachings there. She is one of the founders of the Pacific Zen School, an innovative contemporary koan school that also includes Pacific Zen Institute.

She is also the founding teacher of The Open Source, a network of communities that includes Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs, Colorado;Wet Mountain Sangha in Pueblo, Colorado; Desert Rain Zen Group in Tucson, Arizona and The Crimson Gate in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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