Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Joan Halifax on Compassion's Edge States and Caring Better (On Being)

This is an encore presentation of a January 2013 episode of NPR's On Being with Joan Halifax Roshi as the guest. She speaks on Zen, Buddhism, compassion, and caring for others. It's well worth a 2nd listen or, if you have never heard it, a much-deserved first listen.

Joan Halifax on Compassion's Edge States and Caring Better
December 26, 2013
Previous Versions

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news and horrific pictures in the world. This is a form of empathy, Joan Halifax says, that works against us. The Zen abbot and medical anthropologist has bracing, nourishing thoughts on finding buoyancy rather than burnout in how we work, live, and care.

Radio Show/Podcast - (mp3, 51:06)
Unedited Interview - Joan Halifax  (mp3, 91:36)

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Joan Halifax is the Founding Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and director of the Project on Being with Dying.

Recommended Reading

Selected Readings

Inside Compassion: Edge States, Contemplative Interventions, Neuroscience
Joan Halifax speaks about the challenge of caregivers who care for those who are seriously ill. Learn about basic research in neuroscience and psychology on mindfulness, compassion, and the effects of stress on the body.

Pertinent Posts from the On Being Blog

Encountering Grief: A 10-Minute Guided Meditation with Joan Halifax
The Zen abbot walks a live audience through this guided meditation on encountering grief. Download and share with your friends and family.

Andrew Solomon on Horizontal Identities, Extreme Difference and Connectedness, and Sexuality
Five questions with the author of Far from the Tree on how families with extreme difference find connectedness in their "horizontal" identities.

Roshi Joan Halifax Discusses the Painful Truths of Death and the Impermanence of Life (video)
“Another level of your life opens up when you recognize that you have a life that is inside.” ~ Roshi Joan Halifax

The Zen Buddhist monk and medical anthropologist talks to Krista Tippett about her life, Buddhist faith, inspirations, and the vast concepts of death, compassion, grief — and neuroscience.

A Little Bit of Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce a Lot of Pain
Even novice meditators are able to curb their pain after a few training sessions in mindfulness meditation.

End of Life Zen Care
The first Buddhist chaplaincy training program in the U.S. is featured in this beautiful short film about end of life care.

The Happy Paradox of Photography and Meditation
"Creating a photograph is like meditation, full of paradoxes that coexist happily." -a guest post from listener Monica Biswas with one of her lovely photos.

Connecting with the Universe through the Distilled Quiet
A guest contributor reflects on how being still with life's deaths and resurrections connects her to the universe.

The Little Monk and the Samurai: A Zen Parable
A powerful Zen parable teaching us about compassion and gratitude in the face of death.
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