Altruism in Nature: Correction Comes Through Compassion

Joan Halifax

  • How coming to terms with mortality compels us to ask ourselves how we can serve
  • How your connection with nature can influence your work
  • Giving ourselves permission to be responsible for the wellness of the world
  • How being attached to outcome can push in counterproductive directions
  • The qualities needed to address the five psychological territories known as the Edge States

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is renowned and respected for her vision and practice of compassion. As an environmental advocate, she is vocal about ending the structural violence associated with our climate catastrophe and awakening our moral consciousness to care for the planet as our home.

She is the Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center, Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and founder of the Ojai Foundation and the Upaya Prison Project. She has taught in many universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.

Her books include Standing at the Edge; Simplicity in the Complex; and Being with Dying. Learn more at

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