It’s easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily. But Roshi Joan Halifax says this is a form of empathy that works against us. There’s such a thing as pathological altruism. This zen abbot and medical anthropologist has nourishing wisdom as we face suffering in the world.
is the founding abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She’s also the director of the project Being with Dying and the author of Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death.