Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, author, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has taught on the subject of death and dying at many academic and medical institutions around the world. Much of her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on Engaged Buddhism where she’s founded and directed many projects including the Project on Being with Dying, the Upaya Prison Project, the Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, and the Nomads Clinic in Nepal.