Dalai Lama Turned 80!

Joan Halifax and the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama turned 80 yesterday and the whole world is celebrating. Roshi Joan Halifax sent out an announcement saying, “Yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama—great model of compassion—turned 80. Join us in wishing him a happy continuation!” I’m glad to see that Roshi Joan wrote “Join us in wishing him a happy continuation” because […]

How to Develop Motivation

Thupten Jinpa

These words of wisdom from Tricycle.com by Thupten Jinpa show us how to develop motivation. We will see more on this theme tomorrow from Jon Kabat-Zinn. Thupten Jinpa is best known as the Dalai Lama‘s long-time translator and close friend. At one time, he was also a monk. This man was also partly responsible for […]

Compassion and Empathy

Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax is one of the most prominent female Zen masters of our day. We have known each other since we met at a retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997. This was during the summer of my first episode of muscle invasive bladder cancer. […]

The Freshness of Life

Buddha Taught Wholesome States of Mind

These words of wisdom about the freshness of life by Uchiyama Kosho Roshi come to us from the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My friend, Roshi Joan Halifax is the founder of Upaya and its abbess. I look forward to her emails weekly. Uchiyama Kosho Roshi lived between 1912 and 1988. He […]

Backstage Interviews At Wisdom 2.0

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Many important teachers at Wisdom 2.0 were asked, “What is wisdom?” Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California said that it was bringing about connection. His statement was in line with The Declaration of Interdependence. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, said “Wisdom is understanding plus experience.” Daniel Siegel, co-director of the […]

Celebrating Roshi Joan’s Continuation

Roshi Joan Halifax - offering monk bowls

For the past two years, we have been celebrating Roshi Joan’s Continuation day. In common parlance, this means we are celebrating Roshi Joan Halifax‘s 72 birthday today. In the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, we learn that there is no birth and no death. Thay, as he is known by his followers, says, […]

Zen Brain

Roshi Joan Halifax

Zen Brain: Consciousness, Complex Sytems, and Transformation: with Richard Davidson, John Dunne, Evan Thompson, Rebecca Todd, Neil Theise, Al Kaszniak, Roshi Joan Halifax I am pleased to announce what promises to be a wonderful retreat at the Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but I would […]

How to Train Compassion

Raising Compassion

This video, Raising Compassion, brings together a diverse group of neuroscientists, mental health professionals, and Buddhist monks in a remarkable exchange between science, art, and contemplative practice. In a series of informal conversations about compassion, initiated by neuroscientist Tania Singer and artist Olafur Eliasson, the protagonists discuss the public perception of compassion, talk about compassion-training […]

A Quote From Father John Dear

Father John Dear

These words of wisdom came to me from Roshi Joan Halifax. As you know by now, I am a great admirer of her and the work she is doing at the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico. She and Father John Dear are holding a retreat between February 28 and March 2, 2014 on LOTUS […]

The World Needs You!

Roshi Joan Halifax

In celebration of the 71st continuation day of Roshi Joan Halifax, I offer this quote from her. I received this in an email today and was touched by its simplicity. Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen Master and founder of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I first met her at a […]