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
Compassion may be defined as the capacity to be attentive to the experience of others, to wish the best for others, and to sense what will truly serve others.
Joan Halifax

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

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

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

Joan Halifax
In being with dying, we arrive at a natural crucible of what it means to love and be loved. And we can ask ourselves this: Knowing that death is inevitable, what is most precious today?
Joan Halifax

We believe that it takes a strong back and a soft front to face the world.

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

When I first was exposed to Buddhism in the mid-1960s, I said it was so practical and utterly pragmatic. That's what attracted me to Buddhism.

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.