Frank Ostaseski


Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and a leading voice in end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs and professional training that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care; training healthcare clinicians and caregivers and building a national network of educators, advocates and guides for those facing life-threatening illness.

His primary work and teaching focus on issues related to death and dying, to grief and loss, and on supporting mindful and compassionate care. The intent is to expand and deepen the approaches Frank Ostaseski developed as the Founding Director of the Zen Hospice Project. Through these activities, he shares the precious gifts offered by my teachers, most especially the hundreds who have allowed me to accompany them in the vulnerable and sacred time of their deaths.

Frank Ostaseski has dedicated his life to service. It has been fusion of spiritual insight and practical social action. It manifests in caring for the homeless, serving on the early front lines AIDS epidemic, lobbying congress, teaching meditation and most daunting raising four teenagers at the same time.

Mr. Ostaseski’s groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, the PBS series With Eyes Open, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. AARP magazine named him one of America’s 50 most innovative people. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his many years of compassionate service to the dying and their families. He is the author of the Being a Compassionate Companion audio series.


Watch Frank explain how healthcare professionals and family members can find a place of rest when caring for the dying in the video below.

Frank discusses compassion and suffering.

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