Joan Halifax in Berkeley | 11-2-2018



with Gaetano Maida
Standing at the Edge
Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave


$12 advance tickets: T:800.838.3006, or Marcus Books, or Books Inc. (Berkeley), or Pegasus Books (3 shops), or Moe’s, or Mrs. Dalloway’s, or Walden Pond Bookstore, or Diesel a Bookshop
$15 door, KPFA benefit, co-sponsored by St. John’s Presbyterian Church & Mindful Schools

Joan Halifax has enriched countless lives of millions around the world through her work as a social activist, anthropologist, and Buddhist teacher. Over many decades, she has also collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social transformation. This work led her to an understanding of how our greatest challenges can become the most valuable source of our wisdom—and how we can transform suffering for the benefit of others. 

Roshi Halifax embodies what she teaches: equanimity, dedication to benefiting others, and putting compassion into action. Her no-nonsense approach to the emotions that push us to our edge—and can also propel our greatest good—truly inspires. In Standing At the Edge she offers us all a fascinating read and a practical roadmap to fulfilling our personal good work.

—Daniel Goleman, author of Altered Traits and Emotional Intelligence

Reflecting on her decades long experience as a social activist, medical anthropologist, Zen Roshi, and wise elder, Joan Halifax introduces us to Edge States—qualities of mind that invite optimal balance. Through the extraordinary example of her own remarkable life, and her retelling of the stories of many others, this book is a must-read to help us navigate these turbulent times, regain our footing, and recognize the balance that is our true nature.

—Richard J. Davidson, author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Recounting the experiences of caregivers, activists, humanitarians, politicians, parents, and teachers, incorporating the wisdom of Zen traditions and mindfulness practices, and rooted in Halifax’s groundbreaking research on compassion, STANDING AT THE EDGE is destined to become a contemporary classic.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest and anthropologist. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress and is currently the founder of Upaya Prison Project and the Nomads Clinic in Nepal.

Gaetano Kazuo Maida is the founder and executive director of Buddhist Film Foundation, which has produced its International Buddhist Film Festival in ten cities on three continents. It is preparing to launch Buddhist Film Channel, the first independent streaming resource for Buddhist cinema. He was a founding director of Tricycle–The Buddhist Review, and served on the board of Point Foundation, publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog and Whole Earth Review. A photographer and filmmaker, his credits include: producer/director of Peace Is Every Step—The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh.

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