Day 7: Roshi Joan Halifax – Standing at the Edge 2018-05-23T00:01:07+00:00

Day 7: World

Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

Roshi Joan Halifax

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What You’ll Learn

  • Learn about the “edge states” of empathy, integrity, and altruism and what we can learn when we fall into their shadow sides
  • Discover how we can use compassion to transform edge states and continue to engage with the world whole heartedly
  • Learn about the GRACE method for harnessing healthy attention, intention, engagement, and attunement to ourselves and others
  • Understand how we can start to relate better to our own suffering and the suffering of others

About 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. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.

From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. She is also founder of the Nomads Clinic in Nepal.

She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman.
A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and founder of Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof), The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist Practice, Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America, Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death, and her most recent, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet released on May 1, 2018.

Learn more about Roshi Joan Halifax’s work at the Upaya Zen Center website. You can also order her latest book, Standing at the Edge.

About Acharya Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, executive coach and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of personal and social transformation. Acharya Maull is an empowered senior teacher in both the Shambhala Buddhist and Zen Peacemaker traditions, who leads meditation and bearing witness retreats, activist trainings and prison programs around the world. He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute and Engaged Mindfulness Institute. He is the author of Dharma in Hell and Radical Responsibility.

To learn more about Acharya Fleet Maull check out his website.

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  1. Lorna May 21, 2018 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Very Interesting but hard to hear them, which was frustrating. I will read her new book and see if the things I couldn’t quite hear will show up in the text!

  2. fran May 21, 2018 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Roshi, the acronym GRACE ( linked with mindfulness/contemplative practice) is a great help. Thank you so much.

    At this stage I would like to wholeheartedly thank Kaleigh and the Mindful Living Week Team for organising such a generous week, all teachers with their unique pearls of wisdom, and all in the learning community:)

  3. Joelle A Godfrey May 21, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you for making these videos free to watch for the week. They were very edifying and introduced me to a lot of new teachers.

  4. Robin Correll May 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    amazing dialog… thank you.

  5. Karen May 21, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Feeling very grateful for the free videos online. Many opportunities to revisit my intention and pause and connect with our shared humanity.

  6. Robert Haile May 21, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Stress alone increases overall mortality by 30% and cardiac mortality48%, but when combined with compassion and generosity, stress becomes beneficial as Fleet said in part due to the release of oxytocin which stimulates us to seek help and cooperation and by reducing arterial spasm which harm the heart. Roshi Joan Halifax is kind, compassionate, and brilliant and my wife and I were fortunate to hear her speak on empathy burnout and compassion here in Costa Rica.

  7. Valerie Higgins May 21, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for an incredible journey this week has been.I feel more awakened and focused than I have ever felt. I feel empowered to speak up and to attempt to make a difference and share what I feel I have to offer. During this week there was a school shooting in Texas near me and compassion has been awakened on a community level. There is much to do and much to be aware of. Thank you for introducing teachers I had not previously been exposed too and for the new reading list of their various books.

  8. patty white May 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    wonderful enlightened week, grateful for the teachers and the free access. I feel so fortunate to have met so many different teachers!

  9. Leona May 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Another great talk. I also am very grateful for the free videos online. I was wondering if I was reaching a burnout state and did I have the energy for 3 more. I am so glad I stuck to the end of the mindful living week. The “edge states” is such a valuable concept and not depressing when you can see wisdom and compassion if you fall. I was startled with the final word “suffering” may be the only way out. For that reason I am so grateful for mindfulness practice.” I intend to understand the GRACE approach until it is automatic, understanding there are many layers of learning for that to happen. Thank you for the great talk and thank you to Awake Network for making this mindful living week happen.

  10. Veronica O Doherty May 21, 2018 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Good experienced teachers. Great wisdom in all talks but as experienced clinician loved the practical tips from Rick Hanson and the depth of wisdom from . Roshi Joan Halifax. Difficult stuff but badly needed for people who care for others in their work and in their lives.Thank you to all involved.

  11. Rebecca May 22, 2018 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Grateful for all these teachers and their wisdom!

  12. Damayanthi Hewapathirane May 22, 2018 at 5:44 am - Reply

    A week long very interesting talks of how to incorporate Mindfulness, Compassion and Meditation in to your daily life. Thank you very much.

  13. Samba May 22, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Just want to say a sincere “ thank you “ to Kaleigh and team for the awesome experience. The fact that videos stayed on 48 hours was a great help and I was also able to share links with others .
    I regret I cannot afford the package at this moment but have made some notes that will be of help .
    Thanks again for helping me learn more and renew my commitments . My aspiration was “ Wisdom and Compassion “ and I believe I have grown in that direction .

    In Service, Francistown, Botswana.

  14. Elaine Gardner May 22, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Thank you for the entire week of insight and heartfelt dialogues. I appreciated the talks and the thoughts they have left with me to cultivate on my own and in community..

  15. MJ May 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you barely says my appreciation. Your efforts to put this summit together is a true gift into our world and we so need it. Namaste.

  16. Rivka May 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderfully interesting and useful week.

  17. Julia Lamb Tod May 22, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this discussion with Joan and Fleet; I’m looking forward to reading Joan’s book because I’ve been considering these areas myself in the past several months. It’s so encouraging to hear them talk about embracing the positive aspects of compassion and the shadow aspects, and being with the shadow aspects enriches our practice of compassion. I ‘know’ this to be true, but hearing them talk with such understanding about it is really encouraging – encourages me to just sit with the whole catastrophe!

    Thank you so much for this wonderful week, and for introducing me to new teachers. This has been a very rich experience.


  18. Char May 23, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Thank you for the uplifting, enlivening interviews and talks this week! I am deeply grateful, and already find myself taking compassionate action and reconsidering habits and thought patterns with more attention and curiosity… such a gift!
    I also appreciate such a diversity of perspectives (at least a sampling of our great country’s great diversity). It is hard to describe the difference it makes to “be with” these people who have devoted so much of their lives to liberation of themselves and others. Their ways of being are in and of themselves powerfully inspiring… May the ripples of this event travel far, wide, and deep… again, deep thanks!

  19. Michael deCamp May 23, 2018 at 12:34 am - Reply

    A wonderfully positive and enriching week; could not have been!more enlightening. My “Retirement” schedule is a marvelous maze of volunteer tasks that will only be enhanced by my exposure to these meditations. Thank you.

  20. Jitu Jhaveri May 24, 2018 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Kaleigh & the team: Thanks a million and I am grateful for the time, energy and forethought went to this. May you all be Well, Comfortable, Peaceful & Happy.

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