Book Study Group: Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

Desert Insight Meditation invites you to join our book study group for meditation, reading, study, and discussion. This book topic will help us in meeting those difficult places in life that bring practitioners greater skillfulness and wisdom.

Joan Halifax has enriched thousands of lives around the world through her work as a humanitarian, a social activist, an anthropologist, and as a Buddhist teacher. Over many decades, she has also collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social transformation. Through her unusual background, she developed an understanding of how our greatest challenges can become the most valuable source of our wisdom―and how we can transform our experience of suffering into the power of compassion for the benefit of others.

Halifax has identified five psychological territories she calls Edge States―altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement―that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are.

Please purchase the book prior to beginning the class.

About the Desert Insight Meditation Book Study Group

The DIM book study group is a commitment to participate in weekly meetings and readings until the book is completed.


When: Begins Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:00–11:30 AM; classes are ongoing / weekly

Fee: $5 weekly fee for TCMC plus Dana — a Pali word meaning generosity — for the teacher. The suggested donation is $10/class. Please continue to support Lhasha in continuing to offer these 2,600-year-old priceless teachings of the Buddha. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Payments can be made weekly or monthly to cover the TCMC fee and Dana for the teacher.

Where: TCMC, 1231 E. Edison, Tucson

Directions: One block S. of Grant, 2 houses west of Mountain Ave. Please park a block away from the center. If you can’t walk that far, feel free to park in the driveway.

To register: Contact Lhasha (see below) and pay at the first class, either weekly or monthly.

Contact: Lhasha Tizer,, 520-321-3670