Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen priest, social activist, author and the founder and head teacher of Upaya Zen Center, in Santa Fe. She has received many awards and honors from institutions around the world for her work as a social and environmental activist and in the end-of-life care field. She is director of the Project on Being with Dying and founder of the Upaya Prison Project, which develops programs on meditation for prisoners. She is also founder of the Nomads Clinic, in Nepal. Her books include The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom; ABuddhist Life in America: Simplicity in the Complex; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death; and Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet. Her latest release is the children’s book Sophie Learns to Be Brave.

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