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

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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 […]

Roshi Joan Halifax Talked About Compassion

Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax talked about compassion when she visited Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in 2011. She opened with some words of wisdom from Barry Lopez. He writes about environmental and social concerns. She read a piece of his related to the role of compassion-based ethics in our lives. Arctic Dreams is the name of his […]

Roshi Joan Halifax Is Coming To Stanford

Roshi Joan Halifax Is Coming to Stanford

Roshi Joan Halifax is coming to Stanford University in one week on February 20, 2013. She will be in conversation with Dr. Jim Doty, Stanford neuroscientist and founder of The Center for Compassion And Altruism Research And Education (CCARE). When I met Roshi Joan Halifax sixteen years ago, I had no idea she was such an […]

Phase Shift In The World Religions

Joan Halifax and the Dalai Lama

During the summer of 1997, when I was on retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Santa Barbara, California, I met Roshi Joan Halifax. I was immediately struck by her presence and her beauty. Who would think that she could accomplish so much in her lifetime. She is the founder and abbess of the Upaya […]

Unarmed Truth And Unconditional Love

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This quote came to me from the Upaya Zen Center run by Roshi Joan Halifax. Dr. Martin Luther King nominated Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright […]