Frank Ostaseski

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully With Frank Ostaseski

Frank is teaching in Wisdom & Wellbeing at Blue Spirit Multi-Faculty Week 4, January 29 – February 5, 2022

Weaving together pragmatic tools, real life stories and ancient wisdom, Frank helps us discover how an awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life free of regret. This is an opportunity to turn inward, to cultivate personal death-awareness, to connect with others in mutual discovery, and to develop the necessary skills to engage and sustain compassionate action.

We will explore compassion as the intelligent response of our Being to the presence of suffering. Without the presence of compassion, care giving becomes a series of mechanical, technological efforts that exhausts everyone and heals no one. Compassion can function as an inner guide in identifying and reducing the true causes of suffering. In this program, Frank will present a mindful and compassionate approach that allows us to be present for intense suffering without becoming overwhelmed.

Frank will share his signature Five Invitations and the distilled, hard-won lessons synthesized from 30 years of being with dying. This highly interactive program will utilize inquiry, silent meditation, experiential exercises and group discussion. The approach is mindfulness based, compassion focused, and relationship centered.

Participants will learn to:
– Develop a compassionate appreciation for this precarious and precious life
– Increase individual capacity to remain present for suffering.
– Explore the profound psycho-spiritual transformations that frequently occur at the edge of life and death. 
– Learn how to care profoundly for others, without becoming overwhelmed.
– Develop practices that contribute to acceptance, resilience,  and responsiveness.
– Release our obsession with mastery and learn to trust in Mystery.

This program is open to all and may be of particular interest to healthcare professionals, volunteers and those who anticipate caring for family or friends facing life threatening illness.

Author of The Five Invitations
Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.