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Awakened Life

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.

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.


Tuesday Morning Sit
followed by Coffee Club
7:00 am - 8:30 am
Cerro Gordo Temple
1404 Cerro Gordo Rd.
Santa Fe, NM

Koan Salon
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Santa Fe Location
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