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Joan Halifax speaks with “On Being” host Krista Tippett on grief, suffering, compassion and death Wednesday in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Eric Shea.

Halifax: Personal stabilization key to avoiding elected numbness

At 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a profound stillness swept through the Hall of Philosophy as Roshi Joan Halifax led the audience through a meditation that touched on death, grief and acceptance.

In the third installment of Week Three’s series based on the theme “Krista Tippett and Friends who Inspire, Commit, Act,” Halifax sat down with radio host and producer Tippett during the 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture and discussed her life, Buddhist faith, inspirations and the vast and human concepts of death, compassion, grief — and neuroscience.

Halifax is a medical anthropologist and founder and abbot of the Upaya Zen Center. For the past 40 years, she has helped the dying and their families comprehend and grasp the reality of death and the rituals and feelings that go with the experience of dying. She has studied and written on topics such as death and compassion.

“Her wisdom about dying is informed by her wisdom about living,” Tippett said.

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