Synchronicity #64 – Skillful Means with Roshi Joan Halifax

My guest this week is the truly amazing, Roshi Joan Halifax.

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.

I’ve known Roshi for a few years now from my work with her wonderful Zen Center, Upaya.

Upaya is a Sanskrit word which translates to skillful means something that Roshi truly embodies.

In our chat Joan brings up the importance of balancing engaged activism with non-attachment.

Combining her years of activism with her Zen sitting practice gives her a unique and valuable perspective on many the issues facing humanity and the world at-large.


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