Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thought for the Day

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

Joan Halifax, Founder and Director, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Halifax also is an activist, anthropologist, author (Being With Dying), caregiver, ecologist, and teacher, known for her work with the terminally ill. She also was the founder and leader for 10 years of the Ojai Foundation in California and is director of the Upaya Institute's Project on Being With Dying. She is the only woman and Buddhist on the Advisory Council of the Tony Blair Foundation, which aims to promote inter-faith understanding and dialogue.

See Halifax's Ted Talk on suffering and compassion here.


clairemca said...

Thought provoking, thank you for sharing.

I love to receive the daily quotes from Tricycle magazine which introduce us to many words shared by equally wise practitioners.

S. Etole said...

Definitely causes one to stop and think.

DazyDayWriter said...

Love the quote, oh so true. Will explore some of the links, Maureen. This is an important topic. Compassion is so key to our evolution as spiritual beings. Thank you. --Daisy in SunnyRoomStudio