Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax has worked with the dying for over 40 years, in hospice and on death row. Working with the terminally ill is one of the forms of engaged Buddhism. Halifax is the director of the Project on Being With Dying and runs the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico.
In the Mahabharata, Udistara reflects. “The most wonderful thing in the world is that all around us people can be dying and we don’t realize it can happen to us.”