Friday, November 25th, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET (90 Minute Total Presentation) 

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‘The Power of Compassion’ with Roshi Joan Halifax and Sarana Institute – Webinar


This talk will explore the power and beauty of compassion in caring for our world. It will as well look at some of the issues related to the challenges we face in giving care to others and how to transform obstacles through the cultivation of a motivation that is joyful and inclusive.

Finally, Roshi Joan will offer a powerful process for meeting the suffering in a way that heals self and other. The session will include teachings, practice, and question and answers.


A recording will be shared with registrants of this webinar after the event.


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About Roshi Joan:

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. is a Buddhist teacher, Founder and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a social activist, author, and in her early years was an anthropologist at Columbia University (1964-68) and University of Miami School of Medicine (1970-72). She is a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She 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, was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress, received the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care by HealthCare Chaplaincy, the Sandy MacKinnon Award from Covenant Health in Canada, Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care, received an Honorary DSc from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has received many other 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.

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.

Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist PracticeSimplicity in the ComplexA Buddhist Life in AmericaBeing with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of DeathStanding at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage MeetSophie Learns to Be Brave.

She has been involved with the Mind and Life Institute since its inception and is founder of the Varela International Symposium.

For more about Roshi Joan’s life and work, please visit her website:


About Sarana Institute:

Sarana Institute is a Registered Charity, community-inspired organization. Sarana means “refuge or sanctuary” in Pali (an ancient language from the time of the Historical Buddha).  For us, sarana means where we draw inner or spiritual strength and meaning.  A place of refuge is both an inner state or an outer place that reminds us of our wholeness and oneness with life and all creatures.

At Sarana, our training programs are built upon a foundation of perspectives grounded in Western secular mindfulness, psychology, neuroscience, permaculture, deep ecology, Indigenous wisdom, Buddhist philosophy, Abhidharma (Buddhist psychology) and the teachings of the historical Buddha. These emerge today as modern wisdom ways for achieving happiness and well being.  

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