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Embracing This Precious and Precarious Life
Frank Ostaseski
Doors open at 9:30am

September 20, 2015
10:00 am - 05:00 pm

Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.

This is a unique opportunity to be with Frank Ostaseski, a pioneer in the field of contemplative End-of-Life Care. He will draw from over 30 years of experience and trainings he developed as the founder of the Metta Institute and the Zen Hospice Project.

Death strips away all pretenses. It is the grand equalizer of beings and the great revealer of truth. The very recollection of our transitory nature can lend power, grace and fullness to every moment of our life, every action, every word. Death shows us what’s most important so that we don’t waste a minute.

In this experiential program we will explore two central themes:

  • How to develop a wise, personal relationship with death and dying.  We will learn how embracing these experiences can lead to a fully engaged life characterized by wisdom and compassion.
  • How to care profoundly for others near the end of life without becoming overwhelmed. We will learn contemporary approaches and skillful means to address the practical, emotional, and spiritual issues inherent in serving those with life threatening illness.

Frank’s approach to care is mindfulness-based, compassion-focused and relationship-centered. He will introduce his Five Precepts of Service as practical guides in companioning others, mindfulness practices for exploring and balancing our relationship to death and engage participants in pragmatic application of these principals in everyday life.

This program is suitable for all dharma students, healthcare professionals, hospice volunteers and family and friends accompanying the dying or those with serious illness.

 

*Registration fee does not include teacher support.

 

Teacher support: Suggested starting donation is $30 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.  All donations go to support the teacher(s).

 

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Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski In 1987 Frank co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide broad based education on mindful and compassionate end of life care. He also co-leads a 2-year program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Heavenly Messenger: Awakening Through Illness Aging and Death.  His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by H.H. Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families.   Frank is a dynamic and visionary Buddhist teacher and international lecturer. He has been a keynote speaker at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. His public programs, writings and recordings have introduced thousands to the practices of contemplative care. More info: www.mettainstitute.org

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