Happy News!


June 14, 2017

It is with deep happiness we announce that during the full moon weekend Sarah Bender of Springs Mountain Sangha received transmission from Joan Sutherland, in a simple ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She is now a Roshi of the Pacific Zen School, with the lineage name Noble Servant in the Temple of Heron Dreaming.

It is a small moment whose radiance extends back to the origins of the koan way a thousand years ago and, now, forward into the lives of future pilgrims of that way. We welcome Sarah Bender, Roshi, as she steps barefoot into her new role.


Joan Sutherland, Roshi
Bright Solitude in the Temple of the Cloud Dragon

The Steering Committee
Springs Mountain Sangha
Colorado Springs, CO