Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

Thursday, April 22, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 11:30am

Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from and engage with the renowned Buddhist teacher Roshi Joan Halifax in an intimate setting.


We will 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 and how we best can serve as spiritual companions. 

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. 

Meditation, discussion, and teachings are part of this Premium Institute.

In 1994, Roshi Joan founded the Project on Being With Dying, which has trained hundreds of health-care professionals in the contemplative care of dying people. A distinguished scholar at the Library of Congress, she also has served on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Roshi Joan studied for a decade with Zen teacher Seung Sahn Sunim, received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Bernie Glassman Roshi. A founding teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Her recent book Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet is a powerful exploration of Edge States and compassion.

* This 90-minute institute includes lunch.


Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, activist, and author. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation and founder, abbot, and head teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A practitioner of socially engaged Buddhism, Roshi Joan has done extensive work in the area of death and dying for many years.