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Joan Halifax



Joan Halifax, PhD, is an American Zen Buddhist teacher and founder of the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico. She is an author, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care.

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Joan Halifax: Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy

Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

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The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom

In this “masterwork of an authentic spirit person” (Thomas Berry), Buddhist teacher and anthropologist Joan Halifax Roshi delves into “the fruitful darkness”—the shadow side of being, found in the root truths of Native religions, the fecundity of nature, and the stillness of meditation.

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Life on the Edge

Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax describes five “edge states” where courage meets fear and freedom meets suffering.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThis stuff of a past not worthily lived is also medicine.

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Ep. 5 Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax visits Ethan for a chat about the challenges and rewards of service work and the intersection of Dharma and social action.

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Encountering Grief: A 10-Minute Guided Meditation with Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen abbot and medical anthropologist. In this guided meditation, she shares nourishing wisdom as we face suffering in the world, helping us to find the inner resources to carry our own grief and sadness and that of others.

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Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated by Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIn being with dying, we arrive at a natural crucible of what it means to love and be loved. And we can ask ourselves this: Knowing that death is inevitable, what is most precious today?

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Yes, We Can Have Hope

Roshi Joan Halifax reflects on the idea of “wise hope” and why we should open ourselves to it.

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Standing at the Edge | Joan Halifax | Talks at Google

A talk based on Joan’s book “Standing at the Edge”. The book weaves together scientific research she will share with us and her own powerful personal experiences as a social activist and humanitarian to show how we can transform our biggest challenges with compassion and wisdom.

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