Welcome to Cloud Dragon
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.
NEW• The Myth We're In, Part III, Exile, Home, How did we get here and how might we heal?
• The Myth We're In, Part II, Initiation, How did we get here and how might we heal?
• The Myth We're In, Part I, Breaking the Spell, on the powerful spell being cast and the need to break it
• Subscribe to Radiance of the Dark, our free iTunes podcast
Here is collection of materials that have supported the practice lives of our communities over the years, documents like our sutra book and cantor manual; the koan booklets we worked on during retreats; and out guidebook for taking refuge. The are our living heritiage : fresh visions of an ancient tradition, and the bricks and mortar of our formless temple. /*...in progress...*/