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Joan Halifax Roshi : The Abbot at Upaya


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Joan Halifax Roshi

Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in environmental work.

A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Of recent, Roshi Joan Halifax is a distinguished invited scholar to the Library of Congress and the only woman and buddhist to be on the Advisory Council for the Tony Blair Foundation.

She is Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation, was an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught in many universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.

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, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism.

Seung Sahn Thich Nhat Hanh Bernie Glassman
Seung Sahn Thich Nhat Hanh Bernie Glassman

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Fall 2012 Highlights

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Oct 18 – 21: AWESOME PRESENCE: Dogen’s Mountains and Rivers Sutra with Zoketsu Norman Fischer. For more info and to register, click here.

Oct 26 – Nov 18:  FALL PRACTICE PERIOD: Exploring the Transmission of the Lamp with Roshi Joan Halifax and Do-On Robert Thomas. For more info and to register, click here.

Oct 27: ZAZENKAI with Roshi Joan Halifax and Do-On Robert Thomas. For more info and to register, click here.

Nov 3: NATURAL MIND, NATURAL WORLD with Roshi Joan Halifax and Do-On Robert Thomas. For more info and to register, click here.