Where Contemplative Practice Meets Social Action
Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, ecologist, social justice activist, and hospice caregiver. Instrumental in developing the dialogue between science and Buddhism, Joan is the founder and abbot of the Upaya Zen Center, a place she calls a "refuge of practice, learning and service for our complicated and fraught world". Her work with dying people and their families as well as her efforts as a social and environmental activist in the face of dying ecologies and social systems have been recognized and awarded internationally. She now seeks to be present and to hold collective fears of extinction and death of our systems, our planetary ecologies, and our very notions of humanity in an age of machines. Apathy is not an enlightened path, she says. Instead, she advocates engaged Buddhism, social activism, and, most of all, compassion as responses to the multifaceted crises we are confronted with today. Read Full Bio »
Awakin Calls is an initiative of ServiceSpace, a global, all-volunteer community dedicated to small acts of great love. Our webinar and podcast series highlights the outer work and inner journeys of individuals who are transforming our world in large and small ways. We aim to inspire and seed shifts in consciousness by highlighting paradigm-shifting ways of being and doing in the world. We are a heart-centered learning community across wisdom traditions exploring the ServiceSpace principle of “change yourself, change the world”. We organize our processes in accordance with the principles we seek to lift up, and so each conversation is co-created by a team of volunteers distributed across the world, in a spirit of intrinsically motivated service and kinship.