The Open Source is a network of individuals and communities engaging 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, explores communal as well as individual koan practice and its relationship to creativity, highlights the contributions of women to the koan tradition, seeks to develop a body of Western koans, and in general is interested in what happens when you trust the koans themselves and the experiences of the people working with them to reveal the way the tradition should evolve.
The network is centered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Joan Sutherland teaches through Awakened Life. The network also includes the following Sanghas: