Joan Halifax

Joan Jiko Halifax (born July 30, 1942) is an American Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist , ecologist , civil rights activist , hospice caregiver, and the author or verschillende 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 welke she founded in 1990. Halifax Roshi has RECEIVED Dharma transmission from zowel Bernard Glassman and Thich Nhat Hanh , and to post studied under the korean master Seung Sahn . In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with re former husband Stanislav Grof in addition under to other collaborative policymaking with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax . She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California , welke she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially Engaged Buddhist , Halifax has done uitgebreide work with the dying through re Project on Being with Dying (welke she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute , a nonprofit organization dedicated in Exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.


Joan Halifax was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1942. At age four a serious virus caused re to go legally blind , from welke she Recovering two years later. In 1964 she graduated from Harriet Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana , where she had Become drawn into tje American civil rights movement and participated in anti-war protests. [1] [2] Halifax moved to New York City and Began working with Alan Lomax , and in 1965 she was reading books on Buddhism and teaching herself how to meditate . She worked at the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University with Alan Lomax from 1964 to 1968. She dan went to Paris and worked at the Museum of Man in the Ethnographic Film Section. She RECEIVED re Ph.D. in medical anthropology and psychology and worked at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She’ll be went to Mali , where she studied the indigenous Dogon tribe . During the 1970s, Halifax went to Mexico to study the Huichols . [3]

Halifax entered a relatief short-lived marriage with Stanislav Grof in 1972. [1] While the two together Examined the use of LSD as a support mechanism for Those dying, Jointly publishing the book The Human Encounter With Death in 1977. The book discusses verschillende ” rebirth ” incidents welke veins Rather similar to regular reports or near death experiences . [4]

In 1979, Halifax founded the Ojai Foundation, an educational and Interfaith center. In 1990 Halifax founded Upaya Zen Center located in the euro in Santa Fe, New Mexico . The center offers Zen training, in addition under to verschillende courses and retreats on topics zoals Engaged Buddhism and caring for the dying. [5] volgens to author Sarah Buie, Upaya is, “… a residential and teaching center on the outskirts of Santa Fe on the site of earlier Buddhist communities. While Proceeding in an organic and incremental way, integrate bestaande structures into tje Upaya campus, Joan’s vision voor zijn present form has leg uitgebreid. It is based on re deep understanding of the consonance of mind and spatial expressions. She considers our condition or interrelatedness and interdependence (ties to ancestors and traditional uses of the land, natural cycles and resources, Placing sites binnen the local Topography, mountain and river, the interdependence of exterior and interior spaces, and relationships with the community Itself) in the design choices she has made. Caring Stewardship of the land and its resources has leg a constant factor in the development of the site. [6]

As has Already leg noted, Joan Halifax has done uitgebreide work with the dying of re career. Professor Christopher S. Queen writes-in the book Westward Dharma (edited by Charles S. Prebish and Martin Baumann), “She teaches the techniques or being with death and dying ‘to a class of terminally ill patients, doctors, nurses, lovers , family, and friends. She speaks calmly, with authority. In a culture where death is an enemy to be IGNORED, denied, and hidden away, Joan Physically touches the dying. She holds Them, listens to Them, comfort Them, calms Them , and eases hun suffering by Any Means skies. She shares hun thoughts and Fears; she feels hun last shuddering Breaths, holding nemen in re arms. She travels Easily from church to synagogue, hospice to hospital, dispensing techniques and training born or Buddhist traditions and beliefs in a cultureel and spiritually flexible, marble. ” [7]

In March 2011, she was appointed a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center , Library of Congress . [8]


  • Halifax, Joan (1998). A Buddhist Life in America: Simplicity in the complex . Paulist Press. ISBN  0-8091-3785-2 .
  • Halifax, Joan (1993). The Fruitful Darkness: Reconnecting With the Body of the Earth . HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN  0-06-250369-3 .
  • Halifax, Joan (1991). Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary narratives . Arkana. ISBN  0-14-019348-0 .
  • Halifax, Joan (1982). Shaman, the Wounded Healer . Crossroad. ISBN  0-8245-0066-0 .
  • Coarse, Stanislav ; Halifax, Joan (1977). The Human Encounter with Death . EP Dutton. ISBN  0-525-12975-8 .
  • Halifax, Joan (1968). Trance in Native American Churches . OCLC  26412971 .
  • Halifax, Joan (2008). Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death . Boston; Boulder: Shambhala, 2008. ISBN 1590307186

Other media


  • Halifax, Joan (1997). Being With Dying . Sounds True . ISBN  1-56455-493-7 .
  • Halifax, Joan (1987). Thorns and Roses Living Mindfully . New Dimensions Foundation. OCLC  16185539 .
  • Coarse, Stanislav ; Halifax, Joan (19?). Optional Ways of Dying . Big Sur Recordings. OCLC  36710741 . Check date values in: ( help ) |date=


  • Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (1992). Elder If Healer With Joan Halifax . Panacea Productions. OCLC  28118179 .


  • Photo by Joan Halifax


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Ford, 172-173
  2. Jump up^ Alive in Death
  3. Jump up^ Znamenski, 61-62
  4. Jump up^ Zaleski, 100
  5. Jump up^ Leach, 396
  6. Jump up^ Findly, 373-374
  7. Jump up^ Prebish, 338
  8. Jump up^ “Joan Halifax Named Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Kluge Center” . Library of Congress . March 11, 2011.


  • “Alive in Death (Issue 24)” . Dharma Life. Winter 2004 . Retrieved 2008-03-02 .
  • Findly, Ellison Banks (2000). Women’s Buddhism, Buddhism’s Women: Tradition, Revision, Renewal . Wisdom Publications. ISBN  0-86171-165-3 .
  • Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who ?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen . Wisdom Publications. ISBN  0-86171-509-8 .
  • Leach, Nicky; Richard Mahler (2005). Insider’s Guide to Santa Fe . Globe Pequot. ISBN  0-7627-3690-9 .
  • Prebish, Charles S .; Baumann, Martin (2002). Westward Dharma, Buddhism Beyond Asia . University of California Press. ISBN  0-520-22625-9 .
  • Skog, Susan (1995). Embracing Our Essence: Spiritual Conversations With Prominent Women . Health Communications. ISBN  1-55874-359-6 .
  • Zaleski, Carol (1987). Other World Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and . Oxford University Press. ISBN  0-19-505665-5 .