If compassion is so good for us, why don't we train our health care providers in compassion so that they can do what they're supposed to do, which is to transform suffering?

-Joan Halifax
Joan Halifax

Most of us are shrinking in the face of psycho-social and physical poisons, of the toxins of our world. But compassion, the generation of compassion, actually mobilizes our immunity.

Joan Halifax
Since we are already Buddhas, happy and suffering Buddhas, wise and confused Buddhas, we are already Buddha.
Joan Halifax

My work has been in the field of engaged Buddhism. That is my own practice, which began in 1965 that formed the base for the work I was doing in the civil rights and anti-war movement.

Joan Halifax
Don't ever think compassion is weak. Compassion is about strength.
Joan Halifax

Death can come at any moment. You could die this afternoon; you could die tomorrow morning; you could die on your way to work; you could die in your sleep. Most of us try to avoid the sense that death can come at any time, but its timing is unknown to us. Can we live each day as if it were our last? Can we relate to one another as if there were no tomorrow?

Joan Halifax
Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear. Joan Hal
Joan Halifax

I've worked in the prison system, on death row and maximum security. I did that work for six years. I've worked with some of the most difficult people in our society. Buddhism was accessible and helpful for these individuals.

Joan Halifax
Many of us think that compassion drains us, but I promise you it is something that truly enlivens us.
Joan Halifax

All beings, including each one of us, enemy and friend alike, exist in patterns of mutuality, interconnectedness, co-responsibility and ultimately in unity.

Joan Halifax
Compassionate action emerges from the sense of openness, connectedness, and discernment you have created.