Renowned Buddhist Teacher and Author Roshi Joan Halifax Coming to Santa Barbara for Talk on “Courage, Love, and Compassion”

Roshi Joan Halifax (Photo by Kitty Leaken)

Death and dying can be uncomfortable topics to address, but Roshi Joan Halifax has traveled the world talking to audiences about new perspectives on end of life care. This February, the Santa Barbara community has an opportunity to hear from this distinguished speaker at no charge, thanks to a network of local wellness and end of life organizations. 

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Community Education and Engagement Series is pleased to present “Courage, Love, and Compassion: An Evening with Roshi Joan Halifax”.

On Wednesday, February 27th, Roshi Joan Halifax, a renowned Buddhist teacher, author, Zen priest, and anthropologist, will give a presentation on “Courage, Love, and Compassion” at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara. Immediately following the presentation, she will sign copies of her latest book, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.

Roshi Joan Halifax is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying and Founder of the Upaya Prison Project, which develops meditation programs for prisoners.

She has written several books on Buddhism and spirituality, including: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist Practice; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.

“On behalf of Hospice of Santa Barbara and our Wellness and End of Life Network partners, we are thrilled to have Roshi Joan Halifax joining us for what is sure to be an enlightening evening,” said Hospice of Santa Barbara CEO David Selberg. “This is a unique opportunity for our community to hear new perspectives on death and dying, from someone who travels the world talking to audiences about these important topics. She is an inspiring individual and a dynamic speaker, and we’re excited to bring a true pioneer in end of life care to Santa Barbara.”

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Community Education and Engagement Series is proud to be hosting this speaking event and is thankful for its planning committee members, which include Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Friendship Center, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Santa Barbara, Cottage Health, Assisted Home Health and Hospice, International Association of Near Death Studies Santa Barbara, Shared Crossing Project, Center for Successful Aging, Alliance for Living and Dying Well, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Antioch University, Congregation B’Nai B’rith, Santa Barbara City College, Dying in Grace, LEON, Villa Alamar, Jesse Brisendine, George H.S. Singer, and SurfMedia Communications.   

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentation and book signing will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High School is located at 721 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

The event is free and open to all community members, but registration is required. Visit to register and reserve your seat today.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheryll Puyot at (805) 563-8820.  

Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness.  Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on twelve local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit

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