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

In accepting death as inevitable, we don't label it as a good thing or a bad thing. As one of my teachers once said to me, “Death happens. It is just death, and how we meet it is up to us.

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

Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path, a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth.

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

May I see my own limits with compassion, just as I view the limits of others.

Joan Halifax
Developing our capacity for compassion makes it possible for us to help others in a more skillful and effective way.
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
The roots of all living things are tied together. Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace. This understanding is expressed in the term nonduality. If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include sun and wind, earth and water, creatures and plants, and one another.
Joan Halifax

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

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