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Sunday Sangha – 3rd March 2024

This session is led by Roshi Joan Halifax.

Start Time: 11am PT (L.A.) / 2pm ET (N.Y.) / 7pm GMT (London) / 8pm CET (Paris). 90-minute live session.

The Conscientious Heart: An Exploration of Appamada and the Elephant’s Footprint

We will explore through practice and teachings the importance of “appamada” or heedfulness, conscientiousness, or what Stephen Batchelor has translated as care.

Appamada has been called the path to the deathless. “Just as the footprints of all living beings with legs can be encompassed by the footprint of the elephant, and the elephant’s footprint is declared to be supreme among them in terms of its great size; in the same way, heedfulness is the one quality that keeps both kinds of benefits secure—benefits in this life & benefits in lives to come.” We actualize this blessed path.

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Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. is a Buddhist teacher, Founder and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a social activist, and author. She is a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress, received an Honorary DSc from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has received many awards and honors from institutions around the world for her work as a social and environmental activist and in the end-of-life care field. 

From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. She is also founder of the Nomads Clinic in Nepal.

Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (1977); The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist Practice (2004); Simplicity in the ComplexA Buddhist Life in America (1998); Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death (1997); and Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet (2018). Click here to learn more about Roshi Joan Halifax.