Joan Halifax

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Joan Halifax
Joan Halifax and the Dalai Lama.jpg
Halifax with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in February 2008
Religion Zen Buddhism
Lineage Zen Peacemaker Order
White Plum Asanga
Education Harriet Sophie Newcomb College
University of Miami School of Medicine
Union Graduate School
Nationality American
Born (1942-07-30) July 30, 1942 (age 79)
Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.
Senior posting
Based in Upaya Zen Center
Predecessor Bernard Glassman
Thich Nhat Hanh
Religious career
Teacher Seung Sahn

Joan Jiko Halifax (born July 30, 1942) is an American Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. Halifax-roshi has received Dharma transmission from both Bernard Glassman and Thich Nhat Hanh, and previously studied under the Korean master Seung Sahn. In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.


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