Exploring the Cultivation of Compassion
Roshi Joan will share views, practices, and projects related to compassion as an internal process and as an engaged practice. She will bring into light some of the most recent research in social psychology and neuroscience on compassion, and share with us practices that engender compassion.
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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference - The Buddhist Path of Peace and Nonviolence
Roshi Joan Halifax, head of Upaya Zen Center, carries listeners on a meditative journey from opening to suffering to grounding in presence to moving into action with clarity in this powerful talk offered to peace and justice activists from across the nation. Roshi Joan Halifax speaks of the importance - and challenges - of moral outrage. She shares her personal story of activism through the anti-war and peace movements throughout the decades. She guides the listeners through a practice of meditation and presence. She shifts complacency into profound engagement in this gentle, but firm talk on how to apply Buddhist understandings to our efforts in working for social change.
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference - Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima Ashley Pond, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Hundreds converged at the birthplace of atomic bomb, Los Alamos, to meditate, march, and renew the commitment to peace, nonviolence, and nuclear disarmament. Father John Dear offered opening remarks and the traditional Christian sackcloth and ashes ritual of repentance from violence and nuclear weapons. A long line of marchers processed peacefully along Trinity Drive to the gates of Los Alamos National Laboratory, sitting in Buddhist meditation led by Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center. Upon returning to Ashley Pond, the original location of the laboratory, powerful words of wisdom were shared by Father John Dear, Ken Butigan of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence, Rev. James Lawson, and Roshi Joan Halifax. Japanese calligrapher Kazuaki Tanahashi spoke to the “workers of Los Alamos” in an impassioned plea to turn their skills to peaceful tasks. Kazuaki Tanahashi also created the giant banner that provided powerful counterpoint to the 70,000 Peace Cranes folded by groups around the world.