Upaya Zen Center Online Symposium Registration

For a number of years, the workshops and symposia at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, have taught me so much about mindfulness, learning to quiet my mind and be more constructive. I learned to meditate there.

Now, the Center is offering an online symposium that looks to be of great value. It’s called the VARELA INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Exploring the Great Landscape of Awareness–Insights from Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Buddhism (2020) – Upaya Zen Center.

During this dangerous and stressful time, I highly recommend joining this one if you are able. These teachers are among the best. Roshi Joan Halifax, the Abbott of Upaya is a treasured friend.


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  1. Hi Jane,

    I hope you’re doing well. I’m sorry to hear about Patricia Bosworth—I’m, oddly, reading the biography she wrote about you right now.

    Much love,


  2. Hi Jane,

    Just wanted to recommend Pema Chödrön’s latest book, ‘Welcoming the Unwelcome.’ I picked it up on a whim recently not knowing I would soon go into quarantine and it’s been invaluable and eerily prescient.

    “Things seem like they’re spinning out of control. We can respond to this state of affairs with fear, aggression, and selfishness, or we can respond out of trust in our vast, open, basically good mind, which is timelessly aware, yet empty of imputed meanings. How we respond will determine the way the world will go. As citizens of our world, we can help things go in the direction of wisdom, caring, and compassion.”

    Thanks for keeping us pointed in the right direction!


    • Thanks for the book recommendation. I am just reading Pema’s “When Things Fall Apart.” xxoo

  3. Jane a silly question if you want to answer me and if not no problem I have seen you in your links and you are always perfect combed and made up, do you do it?

    • Yes I do it 60 years in my profession, I better have learned a few things. Ah vanity!

  4. Jane,
    I hope all is well. I’m sorry to hear of Patricia Bosworths passing. I’m reading the biography she wrote about you now actually. Jane I need some words of encouragement. I feel like I’m letting you down and also the planet. I have tried numerous times to get my parents to leave chase bank and also showed them the pictures and explained the tour you took through those neighborhoods in California. The first thing out of their mouths was who was there first? Are they serious? I don’t understand. How could they not feel compassion and care where their money is going? So I am so sorry I failed you . If I can’t get my family to listen, then who will listen to me? It’s going to take a bit to get over this. I just feel lost. Like many others these days although I’m still working. Maybe that’s causing me more anxiety than having to stay home. I let the person I admire the most down. I hope you can share some of your wisdom with me . I hope this doesn’t seem selfish because that is not who I am.
    Thank you Jane.
    Love always

    • Sorry, Stacey. Not everyone is persuadable. Don’t let it get you down. text Jane to 877-877 and Fire Drill Fridays will get in touch to let you know what you can do. If you want to volunteer, go to out website: firedrillfridays.com/volunteer There’s lots o do. xx Jane

  5. Hi Jane,

    Hope you’re doing great! I saw on your instagram that friday there will be another fire drill and since I’m not from the US, I was wondering if i could still join?
    I also saw that you´re doing a live table read from Grace and Frankie tomorrow, I’m really looking foward to it!

    Stay safe,

    Ana ❤

  6. Jane thank you the transmission of Grace and Frankie was all on this sad day for me my daughter and grandson should arrive today you guys made me happy again thanks💕💕💕

  7. Jane, it was a wonderful day, the Upaya seminar a great moving gift, I would love to visit them and learn there🙏🏻🙏🏻

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