As part of Tricycle’s new monthly speaker series, Sutherland sits down with Tricycle’s editor-in-chief, James Shaheen, for a virtual conversation on the power of koans and their use (both traditional and innovative) in spiritual practice. Drawing on themes from her new book Through Forests of Every Color: Awakening with Koans, she will also share creative koans drawn from the Western literary tradition and offer guidance for creating koans out of the circumstances of one’s life circumstances. 

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Joan Sutherland Roshi

Joan Sutherland, Roshi is the author of Through Forests of Every Color: Awakening with Koans (Shambhala, 2022), an original, intimate spiritual and literary journey through the world of koans. She was the co-founder of the Pacific Zen School and founder of The Open Source, a network of communities in the western United States. She now lives on the coast of northern California, focusing on writing and translating from classical Chinese. Cloud Dragon: The Joan Sutherland Dharma Works disseminates her work.


  • Date: May 31, 2022
  • Time: 3:00PM EST
  • Format: Live virtual webinar on Zoom
  • Price: $10 General Admission | Free for Premium Subscribers