She lives and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is also the holding teacher for The Open Source, a network of communities that includes Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wet Mountain Sangha in Pueblo, Colorado, The Open Source in Northern California, and the Desert Rain Zen Group in Tucson, Arizona. She is one of the founders of the Pacific Zen School, an innovative contemporary koan school.
She is also a writer, and a translator from Chinese and Japanese. She is currently working on a philosophical memoir and collaborating with John Tarrant on a new translation of three major koan collections. Before becoming a Zen teacher, she worked as a scholar and teacher in the field of archaeomythology, and for nonprofit organizations in the feminist antiviolence and environmental movements.
Listen to Dharma Talks from Joan Sutherland
The Great Love Affair October 7, 2010
Vimalakirti's Silence July 14, 2011
The Deepest Healing October 3, 2011 (courtesy of Prajna Yoga)