- November 18, 2016
- 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
As a Zen Priest and hospice caregiver, Roshi Joan Halifax has worked for many years with the dying. This is a unique opportunity to hear the stories behind her extraordinary life in an intimate conversation with Brenda Salgado, former Director of East Bay Meditation Center and founder of Nepantla Center for Healing and Renewal. Halifax's pioneering work over the past 30 years helps provide answers to questions we all struggle with when facing the issue of death. The wisdom, insight, and open inner strength Halifax brings to this conversation sheds light on a difficult subject that, at some point in our lives, we will all have to face.
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D. is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 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 received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.
Brenda Salgado is founder of Nepantla Center for Healing and Renewal, and holds degrees in Biology (BA), Developmental Psychology (BA), and Animal Behavior (MS). She has 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, movement building, women's health, and environmental and social justice. She serves on the boards of Movement Strategy Center and the Lion's Roar Foundation. She is the former Director of the East Bay Meditation Center, and has worked for Movement Strategy Center and Breast Cancer Action. She is co-editor of a forthcoming book on Mindfulness. Trained by elders in traditional medicine, Brenda draws on the healing powers of the natural world to guide her work as a spiritual leader. Her current projects are focused on sacred economics, transformational leadership, and indigenous teachings for our times. She is committed to co-creating a society filled with wholeness and beauty, and is grateful to her ancestors for the values that have led her to spiritual and social justice work.