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|Profession:||Activist, Anthropologist, Author, Ecologist, Teacher|
Joan Halifax Roshi was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. She is an American Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. In 1964, she graduated from Harriet Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She has received Dharma transmission from both Bernard Glassman and Thich Nhat Hanh, and previously studied under the Korean master Seung Sahn. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism. She is also founder of the Nomads Clinic in Nepal. She has written several books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof), Shaman, the wounded healer, Shamanic Voices, The Fruitful Darkness, A Buddhist life in America, Being With Dying, and Seeing Inside.
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