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Winter Koan Series

Wednesdays, starting January 24th
7 to 8 PM Mountain Time
with Sarah Bender, Tenney Nathanson, and Megan Rundel

Winter koan series starts January 24 via Zoom. All are welcome!

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Meeting ID: 831 3491 6713

Passcode: 031742

Please join us for our winter six week koan series on Wednesday evenings beginning January 24 at 7 pm MT/6 PT. With Sarah Bender, Tenney Nathanson, and Megan Rundel. By donation.
For this series, we will take as our starting point Joan’s series of talks called “Self and Soul.” Those talks will be distributed via Joan’s subscription service, which is available on a sliding fee scale here:

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Exciting News!

Through Forests of Every Color: Awakening with Koans by Joan Sutherland, Roshi

Through Forests of Every Color author Joan SutherlandAn intimate spiritual and literary journey exploring how Zen koans make us permeable to the joys and the anguish of this life—and to the primordial mystery we glimpse behind the veil of the everyday.

In Through Forests of Every Color, renowned Zen teacher Joan Sutherland reimagines the koan tradition with allegiance to the root spirit of the koans and to their profound potential for vivifying, subverting, and sanctifying our lives. Her decades of practicing with koans and of translating them from classical Chinese imbues this text with a warm familiarity, an ease still suffused with awe.

Open Source Zen is a network of individuals and communities in the western United States engaged in Zen practice together.

We emphasize collaboration, the development of authentic American expressions of Zen, and the confluence of koans and creativity.

The Open Source is part of the Pacific Zen School, an innovative Western koan school with roots in East Asian traditions; it includes The Open Source and Pacific Zen Institute in Northern California.

The house style honors the original Chinese koan way while emphasizing the integration of koan inquiry with contemporary lives. Click here to learn more about Open Source Zen.

Photo Credit: Piper Leigh. Top to bottom: flower, and dappled light-shadow.