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To discover the language we share with grasshoppers and interstellar space : one name
for that is Zen, and the notes on our conversations are koans. All the words lead home.

Welcome to Cloud Dragon : The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works. Our mission is to make the groundbreaking teachings of Joan Sutherland, Roshi widely available in written, audio, and video forms. Her work is a fresh imagining of the Zen koan tradition, rooted in its original understanding of all of life as a process of awakening. For Joan Sutherland, the first woman roshi in her lineage in the Americas, endarkenment is as essential as enlightenment to awakening, and much of her work is an exploration of the power held in the radiance of the dark.

The Dharma Works is the place to access Joan Sutherland's published writings, videos, and the audio archive of her talks, as well as a growing body of transcripts of those talks. For a tax-deductible contribution, you can subscribe to the Dharma Works and receive talks and other material from the archives every month.

Affiliated with the Dharma Works is Awakened Life, the community in Santa Fe, New Mexico where Joan Sutherland taught until her retirement in 2014. Its motto is "Enlightenment as a Conspiracy of Friends". Awakened Life continues to meet regularly; for more information, click here.


Little Birds weekly postings of miscellaneous writings and koans from Joan
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Zen ... Koans ... Awakening ... Endarkenment ... Where to begin?
Here are links to a few of Joan Sutherland's essays and audio recordings that introduce the philosophy and practices that are essential to our Way Read More

The Miscellaneous Koans of the Pacific Zen School and Awakened Life Koans Miscellaneous Writings on Koans by Joan Sutherland. Read more

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The Radiance of the Dark from The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works on Vimeo.

A Zen vision that embraces endarkenment as well as enlightenment

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The first book in the series of handbooks Pilgrim's Bundle : a timeless meditation on developing a peaceful and generous heart in a world of sorrows...Read More

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