Roshi Joan Halifax

Grief is love that has nowhere to go

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The Upaya Institute and Zen Center is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was founded by Joan Halifax Roshi; she also founded the Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order. The center focuses on the integration of Zen practice with social action, and the cultivation of wisdom and compassion in the Buddhist sense. It provides service in the areas of death and dying, prison work, environment, women’s rights and peace work.

Upaya offers an array of programs:

  • Self paced online programs
  • Zen practice and engaged Buddhist studies
  • Calligraphy
  • End-of-life care.

About the Speaker

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.

From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying.

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