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

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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 […]

Stories We Tell Ourselves

Sharon Salzberg

This quote is from Sharon Salzberg, a renowned teacher of vipassana meditation and co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies with Joseph Goldstein. She is especially known for her teachings on loving kindness meditation. Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that […]

2500 Years Of Social Revolution

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This quote by Roshi Joan Halifax came to me by email in December. This ties in with The Story of the Buddha from earlier this week and reflects on 2500 years of social revolution. Also, I have been listening to a podcast by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in which he talked about how the Buddha […]