Joan Halifax : How Catastrophic Events Develop Compassion


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Zen Priest Joan Halifax on How Catastrophic Events Develop Compassion

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Buddhist teacher, Zen priest and anthropologist Joan Halifax, PhD came to Bodhi Tree in 1994 to discuss writing The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting with the Body of the Earth. A pioneer in the field of end-of-life care, Halifax describes the encounters—from Japanese Zen meditation to the Dogon people of Mali—that led her to discover “the interconnectedness of all life.” Here, she describes how a research project using LSD while working with cancer patients helped her experience a rite of passage that brought her to this book’s theme: how catastrophes are, in effect, sacred events that allow us to develop strength and compassion.


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