Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Joan Halifax

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Venerated, engaged Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax speaks on compassion and empathy. She speaks to opening to the pain of the world with courage, strength, and wisdom.

Known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill, Joan Halifax is a driving force of socially engaged Buddhism.

Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

Activist, anthropologist, author, caregiver, ecologist, LSD researcher, teacher, and Zen Buddhism priest — Joan Halifax is many things to many people. Yet they all seem to agree that no matter what role she plays, Halifax is consistently courageous and compassionate. Halifax runs the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community she opened in 1990 after founding and leading the Ojai Foundation in California for ten years. Her practice focuses on socially engaged Buddhism, which aims to alleviate suffering through meditation, interfaith cooperation, and social service.

Most of you have seen this video by now – but for those who haven't, this is great stuff. 

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