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August 2, 2018

Roshi Joan Halifax, Frank Ostaseski, and Sharon Salzberg: Standing at the Edge of Love and Death

Please note: this event takes place at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in New York City. Purchase tickets here.

In Roshi Joan Halifax’s new book, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom where Fear and Courage Meet, she focuses on the ways in which contemplative practice can be a vehicle for personal and social transformation. Join us for this most extraordinary gathering of teachers – Roshi; Frank Ostaseski, pioneer in contemplative hospice care; and Sharon Salzberg, the leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation – as they discuss the ways in which we can transform life’s greatest challenges into the most valuable source of our wisdom. These challenges are opportunities to live our fullest lives and remain open to the full spectrum of human experience. There will be a reception and book sales and signing after the event. 

This event is presented by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and the Garrison Institute. Tickets are $25.


Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the end-of-life care field. She is a Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.  She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions including Harvard Divinity School, Georgetown Medical School, University of Virginia Medical School, and Duke University, among many others. 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. She is a Mind and Life Institute board member and fellow.

She is the director of the project on Being with Dying, founder and director of the Upaya Prison Project, and the founder of the Nomads Clinic that delivers health care to villagers in Nepal.  Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof), The Fruitful Darkness, Being with Dying, and her newest book Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom where Fear and Courage Meet.

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom 2.0, and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her most recent work, Real Love. Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. For more information, visit her site.

Please note: This event takes place at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Purchase tickets here.