Beginner's Mind, as Suzuki Roshi calls it, a mind of pure and open inquiry, is one of the most important things that arises in meditation.
Growing up a war baby in the 60s, the life of Joan Halifax, anthropologist and Roshi of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe New Mexico, has been about exploring suffering from a place of openness. Her current work, both with dying people and with those on death row in the penitentiary system, continues to deepen her experience of compassion.
Learn about her calling to answer the impulse to go down into the depths and to witness compassion and love for the benefit of all sentient beings.
See also: Part 1