Roshi Joan Halifax
Buddhist Teacher, Anthropologist, Author, and Social Activist

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center and Director of the Upaya Institute, is a Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, author, and social activist. For the past 25 years, she has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, University of Virginia Medical School, Duke University Medical School, University of Connecticut Medical School, among many others. She brings her years of experience with the application of meditation in end-of-life care, work in the prison system, and in medical settings.  Her latest book, “Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death,” has been critically acclaimed. She is a Fellow and Board Member of the Mind and Life Institute.