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Roshi Joan Halifax - Book Talk & Workshop

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April 27, 2018 - Friday 7-8:30pm - Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet - with Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax helps us explore five psychological territories called Edge States―altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement―that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are.

Through the experiences of caregivers, activists, humanitarians, politicians, parents, and teachers, incorporating the wisdom of Zen traditions and mindfulness practices, and research on compassion, we open up perspectives on how compassion is the pivot out of the shadow side of the Edge States.

April 28, 2018 - Saturday 10am-1:30pm - Exploring a Radical Vision of Compassion - with Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax explores a radical new model of compassion that is nonlinear, context sensitive, and practical.

"Compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity." -His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Compassion is often associated with religion. It is also believed to be at times the cause of distress in those who experience it. And yet, recent research suggests that compassion might be a source of hardiness, resilience, and wellbeing. It is as well an important feature of our collective wellbeing. In this workshop with Roshi Joan Halifax, we will explore a radical new model of compassion that is nonlinear, context sensitive, and practical, and a unique process that cultivates compassion when we interact with each other.