Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD

Next Workshop

Roshi Joan Halifax will be teaching during the Wisdom and Wellbeing Weeks 2024 in Week 3, January 27 – February 3, 2024 at Blue Spirit about the following topic:

Life to Life: Koans of personal, social and environmental transformation

This series of teachings and practices takes a deep dive into exploring the great beauty and courage at the heart of social and environmental engagement. Participants will learn practices and perspectives through koans, poetry, and wisdom teachings that will guide them in addressing the great complexities of our very fraught world.

More about Joan

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, activist, and author.

She is founder of the Ojai Foundation and founder, abbot, and head teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery and Zen Peacemaker community in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A practitioner of socially engaged Buddhism, Halifax has done extensive work in the area of death and dying for more than 30 years. She has worked with the dying and has taught and lectured on the subject of death and dying at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, Columbia University, and many other academic institutions, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.

In 1994, Halifax founded the Project on Being With Dying, which has trained hundreds of health-care professionals in the contemplative care of dying people.

Halifax studied for a decade with Zen teacher Seung Sahn, received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Bernie Glassman Roshi. A founding teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism.