Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

joan-roshi11The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work, as shared in Being With Dying, is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

Written by Roshi Joan Halifax, a Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, author, and social activist whose work focuses on teaching contemplative practices to prisoners and dying people.

Joan Halifax is the abbot and head teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, a board member and fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and a Lindisfarne Fellow. She has also founded several organizations and initiatives, including the Zen Peacemaker Order, the Ojai Foundation, The Project on Being with Dying, and the Upaya Prison Project.