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Frank Ostaseski – Inviting the Wisdom of Death

November 6, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm PST

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In this interactive online experience, Frank Ostaseski will warmly introduce you to the Five Invitations. These principles are designed to help you embrace life to the fullest, making them an ideal resource for those in the midst of life transitions, coping with loss, facing serious illness, or navigating personal crises. The Five Invitations will guide you towards a more profound appreciation of the preciousness of life. In this event, Frank Ostaseski will skillfully weave together practical tools, heartfelt real-life stories, and ancient wisdom, offering a valuable perspective on how an awareness of mortality can be a supportive companion on the journey to living well.

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, leading corporations like Google and Apple Inc., 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.

He has accompanied over 1000 people through the dying process and trained thousands of healthcare clinicians and family caregivers around the world. 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.


November 6, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm PST



50 thoughts on “Frank Ostaseski – Inviting the Wisdom of Death”

  1. Dear team,

    Will there be a recording? I’d love to attent, but really cannot make it that date. I hope so, sounds amazing. As always, thanks for all your treasures. Much love, Irene

  2. What is Frank’s stand on a person’s RIGHT TO DIE without being terminal but being in unending pain
    and suffering. We put animals down in their misery…why not people?

  3. here’s a paradox, no?
    the more I embrace the inevitability of death and am comfortable with death, the more difficult it becomes to “put up” with the pain of life. I’m not suicidal, just aging with many difficulties. and I remember my mom in hospice — 1st, she fought death; then finally, after acceptance, she exhibited impatience, saying “why won’t “He” come take me?”

  4. So very hard to embrace the loss of consideration for civilians, for life itself that is still being demonstrated in the wars. Thank you for being so authentic in addressing this.

  5. What would you say is the best way to work the body’s failing, depression, and or fear at the very end of life? Can we do anything to prepare for the between lives state?

  6. My husband just died yesterday. Even at the hospice where he was, people were touched by his spirit. I miss his presence
    so much already. How can I find that presence again?

  7. I’m in hospice now – Leukemia and what you said about dying is about surrender and transformation–this is what I have been experiencing. I wasn’t expecting this as I thought dying would be easier but I have opened myself up to learning in this stage of my life. Meditation, Mindfulness and my deep faith has helped me with this so much.

  8. Thank you Frank, this was beautiful.. I only want to say one thing, how beautiful was my mother;s death… after many hours of being in ICU,. day before, then next day until 7 pm,,, Her breath changed, bells went off, a nun came in ( Catholic hospital)
    but I was the only one, of my 3 sisters who was given this gift.
    I saw little lights be her feet where I was seated, the lights continued up through her face and out over here head. At 77 years old my mother;’s face transformed and she was 25 years old again, soo incredible and such a gift! ! I was in awe!! Momi saw your soul sail up to a true heaven…

  9. My husband died last month after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for 17 of the 40 years we were married. I sometimes feel that I’m not grieving the “right” way. Although I cried when he died, I don’t feel despondent all the time the way that I did when my mother died. I miss him, but I’m not crying every day the way I did when she died. I do get emotional when I hear certain songs on the radio or look at pictures of him when he was young and healthy. He wanted to die for many months, and I lost him little by little throughout the years. Do you think that’s why I’m not grief-stricken? I don’t really understand my emotions.

  10. My 68 year old brother has a long term alcohol addiction and last week he tried to withdraw without support. He has had 4 seizures since, has trouble being coherent and now is scared to death. His wife is there for him and he is getting medical help. How can I be there for him? All 3 of my siblings suffer from this addiction. I have been on the outside, there is family pain, regret and craziness. These relationships have been hard. I called him today and he was confused, but we had moments. I did use “love as the fuel today” as you say.

  11. On October 1st my nephew sent a video on the family message link of my brother Amiel, who was facing death, he was 93 years young. Amiel wanted to say goodbye to us and did so. He simply said “Good bye”. He was at peace.He died at 9:05 November 1, 2023. I am at peace with his passing.

  12. OK can I say one more thing? My dad’s death.Now he was a naughty boy, and at 95 it was his time! Many years after my mom left the earth.,.A few hours after the funeral, high summer, my sisters and some of the grandchildren were sitting out in a nice garden patio waiting while my brother in law cooked dinner, , it was quiet for a minute, then i felt a funny buzz in my ear, looked over and there was Dad, coming out of the kitchen door, I m hearing Frank Sinatra and Perry Como music that we used to call Dad’s hangover music .ANd! There was my Dad looking 60 ish, snapping his fingers, smiling so happily, and I knew he had made a great arrival, they were having a party for him!! Okl, so much for Purgatory I said to myself What haopens when we die isn’t how we think it will be! Ive been involved with hospice for many years..I care.

  13. I’m now 79 and very aware that death is peeking around the corner. To prepare, I do spiritual practices every day (Sattva Connect). I meditate, get out and walk in Nature. I go to bed and recite mantras that reflect upon the power of life and the gratitude I experience each day.
    I read Glimpse after glimpse, a daily Tibetan meditation on dying. Been through it several times over the years.
    Now, I see and feel the dissolution of my body , Carotid Artery disease is becoming more intense with my declining mental state.

    Any ideas? life has been and still is great!

  14. Hi Rachael,

    It’s Monica in the UK . . . trying to listen to Frank live (in middle of the night!) and have managed to hear his beautiful voice for a few sentences . . . then the stream freezes. Hope I can tune in tomorrow for the whole talk.

    Just wanting to say hello really and, as ever, a huge THANK YOU for all that you bring to so many of us.


  15. All – I find it fascinating how Frank’s perspective and embrace of impermanence, emanates from within so vividly and vibrantly… It makes me wonder why these topics aren’t at the forefront of all conversations, since it certainly is an important one that ALL will encounter… I am very interested in joining in on some of Frank’s ongoing projects, and would like to learn how to join and begin serving in my local community of DFW, Texas, USA. Please advise.

    Remain Blessed,

    E. Patrick Reeves

  16. lt”s just past the top of the hour. Jacqueline was speaking. Notice on screen ” Livestream Offline” Is that it for this session. l feels unfinished. What’s next? Frank was taking questions.
    Will there be a replay. Great session.

  17. Hi Rachel,
    Has the replay of Frank Ostaseski been posted to the Live Event page yet? Haven’t been able to access it.

    With ever growing love and gratitude.

    Annie Karuna

  18. Thank you so much for this beautiful experience! All of Frank’s speaking was a way to my heart. I was especially bowled over by his three graceful self care practices.

  19. Could you please tell me where to access the replay of Frank’s talk after the event! I would like to watch it again. So appreciated what he had to say. l did replay the session once but going back to the original page and pressing on play ▶️ isn’t working now ~ a few days later.
    Now, while writing this message ~ 5 minutes later, the video just started up on its own. Delayed play? Curious.

    Frank’s talk is worth listening to ad few times.

    Also, can the recording be shared after the event with someone who did not register due to a time conflict but would benefit. My friend’s Dad passed away 3 weeks ago. She was one of his caretakers. Now she is in unchartered territory. She and her Dad were very close. How, technically share with her, if possible?

    Hope you receive this query. ~ Donja

  20. After pressing “Send” for the above message, the replay recording immediately stopped. l tried to access it again, but with no success.
    Comments on accessing the replay?

  21. I just listened to the replay. What a beautiful, generous sharing of presence and insight around death and life. My brother died last year, and this dialogue really helped me integrate his loss. Thank you to Frank, as well as to Jackie and all who helped make this possible.


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