We Are Building American Buddhism

Awakened Life

P.O. Box 2368
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Telephone:  (505) 983-4505
Website:  www.awakenedlife.org

Description of Organization

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.

Grant(s) Awarded

A Women in Buddhism grant for $2,500 was made in  2012 to fund a short film that will offer a glimpse into the way of practice and expression of the Dharma, as Joan Sutherland offers it to the women of the sangha in Santa Fe.

" Now that we have some history as a practice community led by and made up largely of women, we find that we often use different language, imagery, and forms of practice to express the Dharma. Because we welcome this, a much richer and more complete experience of the Dharma is emerging, to the benefit of all. It's necessary to empower women in leadership positions, but it's not sufficient if they're only being empowered to perpetuate received tradition. With the guidance of a woman teacher whose understanding of the tradition is subtle and profound, our practice community has the courage to allow our practices, formal structures, and modes of governance arise out of the experiences and growing wisdom of the group, rather than being imposed from those of other times and places."