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Frank Ostaseski

Buddhist teacher, activist, and end-of-life pioneer

Frank Ostaseski, an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and pioneer in end-of-life care, has accompanied over 1,000 people through their dying process. In 1987, he cofounded the first Buddhist hospice in America—the Zen Hospice Project. He guided that groundbreaking work for almost 20 years, establishing a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care.

In 2005, Frank founded the Metta Institute®, through which he has trained countless healthcare clinicians and caregivers, building a national network of educators, advocates, and guides for those facing life-threatening illness. Distilling hard-won lessons from his own life journey, Frank inspires and engages diverse audiences around the globe, speaking and teaching at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom 2.0, and spiritual retreats.

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

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

Upcoming Programs

Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection

August 2 - 4, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Death infamously reveals what matters most. It provides the wondrous awareness that we are part of something greater. Why wait until the end of your life to learn its vital and inspiring lessons? Why wait to feel whole, connected, and courageous until the time to act has passed? During this weekend workshop, renowned Buddhist teacher...

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Radical Compassion and Courage

October 5 - 7, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

This whole life is a place where we can make real and right our dedication to awakening, in living and dying, in caring and being cared for. Being completely and vividly present for the rich details of our lives and the lives of others is the means that we use to transform anguish, discover truth,...

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