Roshi Joan Halifax named a NatGeo “Traveler of the Year” for Himalayan clinic

Roshi Joan Halifax has been named a “Traveler of the Year” by National Geographic Traveler in recognition of the Nomads Clinic, which since the 1980s has been “an annual medical pilgrimage by volunteer clinicians to the Himalayan region.” Recently interviewed by the magazine, the 71-year-old abbot of Upaya Zen Center, in Santa Fe, NM, was asked, “How did you gather the courage to launch Nomads Clinic?” She replied:

“Andre Gide’s observation that one doesn’t discover new lands without losing sight of the shore for a long time suggests that we might want to let go of our moorings in order to realize the wonder of groundlessness, where we find the true path of discovery. Travel and serving others provide this marvelous opportunity to be on a path of discovery.”

Read the full article and interview here.