Joan Halifax Quotes

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Joan Halifax Quotes

Ive worked in the prison system, on death row and maximum security. I did that work for six years. Ive worked with some of the most difficult people in our society. Buddhism was accessible and helpful for these individuals.
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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 Halifax

For me, Buddhism is a psychology and a philosophy that provides a means, upayas, for working with the mind.

— Joan Halifax

Most of us are shrinking in the face of psycho-social and physical poisons, of the toxins of our world. But compassion, the generation of compassion, actually mobilizes our immunity.

— Joan Halifax

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

— 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

No single answer can hold the truth of a good heart.

— 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

Yes, creation is moving toward us; life is moving toward us all the time. We back away, but it keeps pushing toward us. Why not step forward and greet it.

— Joan Halifax

We in the "developed" world seem to have many auditory strategies that insulate us from the presence of silence, simplicity, and solitude. When I return to Western culture after time in desert, mountain or forest, I discover how we have filled our world with a multiplicity of noises, a symphony of forgetfulness that keeps our won thoughts and realizations, feelings and intuitions out of audible range.

— Joan Halifax

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