Author Topic: Compassion In Action: Roshi Joan Halifax And Her Nomad Clinics in Nepal  (Read 2659 times)

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Roshi Joan Halifax, abbess of a monastery and Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, board member of the Mind and Life Institute initiated by the Dalai Lama, and world-renowned Buddhism lecturer, also is the founder and director of an organization that sends medical teams into remote high-altitude villages in Mustang, a former territory of Tibet now located in Nepal on the Chinese border. Her Nomad Clinic is the only medical care people in those isolated locales ever see.  This year, in addition to the usual treatment schedule, Roshi Joan and her team also provided disaster relief to villages destroyed by recent earthquakes.

A former student of Thich Nhat Hanh, Halifax credits him with inspiring her with his vision of "the relationship between social action and the contemplative life".  Another inspiration to her early in her Zen career was Bernie Glassman, who promoted his concept of "engaged Zen".  Now in her 70's, Roshi Joan leads a very active life which includes annual trips to Nepalese villages, crossing 17,000 foot mountain passes with a caravan of medical supplies, running a monastery in New Mexico and a Dharma center in Ojai, CA, doing hospice work with patients facing death, and maintaining a busy schedule on the global lecture circuit.

For more information on the Nomad Clinics, see the recent New Yorker magazine article

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Re: Compassion In Action: Roshi Joan Halifax And Her Nomad Clinics in Nepal
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 08:50:17 pm »
This is pretty cool. Imagine this as a teaching "lifestyle" for Buddhist Dharma in the USA. Or any country, for that matter. I would find this highly attractive for an American transform in terms of English Truth education.


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