Being Well Podcast: Living and Dying Well with Frank Ostaseski
June 1, 2020

What can death teach us about living well? Frank Ostaseski, a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care, joins us to explore the fear of death, anger, true courage, and acceptance in the face of it all.

About our Guest: Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and advocate for compassionate care-giving. He conducts workshops which reveal people’s attitude towards death and emphasizes a mindful approach to caring for the dying such as “Spiritual Practices in Accompanying the Dying”“Forming a Compassionate Community”“Being a Compassionate Caregiver”. In 1987, he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, which helped establish a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care. He is the former Spiritual Teacher-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute. AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) named him one of The 50 Most Innovative People over 50. In 2005, he founded the Metta Institute.

Frank is also the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, which is one of my favorite books.

Key Topics:

  • 2:00: Frank Ostaseski’s recovery from multiple strokes.
  • 5:30: Fear and choice.  
  • 10:00: What death can teach us about ourselves.
  • 12:20: Supporting caregivers and spreading kindness.
  • 16:40: The fear of death. 
  • 23:30: Coming to terms with the deaths of those we love.
  • 27:00: Allowing.
  • 32:00: Meeting our defenses.
  • 36:30: Removing judgement from anger.
  • 43:00: Bringing wisdom to anger.
  • 44:45: Courage in the world.
  • 47:15: Coming together and falling apart.
  • 54:45: Accepting each other as is. 

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