Released on 23 March 2017.

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The Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

4.51 based on 555 ratings & 149 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment, a secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most in life.

So begins Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. A renowned teacher of compassionate care-giving, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us about how to forge rich and meaningful lives. The 'Five Invitations' - Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing; Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience; Don't Wait; Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things; and Cultivate a Don't Know Mind - show how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives.

This stunning, unforgettable book offers a radical path to transformation.

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This is a gem of a book! With a lifetime of inspiring service and deep spiritual wisdom to draw from, Frank Ostaseski has given us all a gift straight from the heart. The lessons shared in The Five Invitations are valuable to people at any phase of life. Whether facing your own imminent death or that of a loved one, coping with crisis, or simply looking to embrace and enjoy life more fully, you will find the wisdom offered in these pages inspiring and enlightening
James Baraz, Author of Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness, Co-founding teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Frank inspires us to live with joy by fully embracing all facets of life including our dying. With heartfelt compassion and wisdom gathered over 30 years as a Buddhist teacher and hospice founder he helps us understand that love matters most
Chad-Meng Tan, Google's "Jolly Good Fellow” and author of Joy on Demand and Search Inside Yourself
As a physician and neurosurgeon, I have learned that those who have truly lived are those that understand death as an integral part of life. In Frank Ostaseski's profound book, The Five Invitations, he shares this reality, giving us insights and wisdom on the nature of dying but more importantly on how to truly live
James R. Doty, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine and New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart