Living Fully: What Death Can Teach Us

Living Fully: What Death Can Teach Us

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:30 to 17:00
Alternatives says: 
Life and death are a package deal. You can’t really pull them apart. We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death. And, the good news is that we don’t have to wait until the end of life to realize the wisdom that death has to teach.
Frank will introduce his “Five Invitations” and discuss how an awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret
This program is an invitation to explore death as something inextricably connected with living life today, and living it to the fullest. Together, we will illuminate what matters most and be reminded not to squander this life. 
In this highly experiential program you will learn:
  • Life lessons from ordinary people who found the resources to meet death in extraordinary ways
  • How the study of death can help us identify and use these resources to navigate inner transformation.
  • Silent meditation and inquiry practices to face our fears and live a more whole-hearted life.
  • Mindful and compassionate approaches to end of life care
The program includes experiential exercises and pragmatic tools, as well as Frank’s inspiring stories from sitting bedside with more than 1,000 dying people over the past 30 years. This interactive and inspiring day will be organized around the development of self-awareness, compassion and skillful action. 
About the speaker, Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and a pioneer in end of life care. He is the visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. He guided that groundbreaking work for almost 20 years, accompanying more than 1000 people through death, establishing a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care.

In 2005, he founded the Metta Institute training countless healthcare clinicians and caregivers and building a national network of educators, advocates and guides for those facing life-threatening illness. He inspires and engages diverse audiences from Harvard Medical School students, to Mayo Clinic clinicians, and Wisdom 2.0 seekers. 

His work has been highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show featured by Bill Moyers on his PBS television series On Our Own Terms 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.

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