Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. And the good news is we don't have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer.
We can harness the awareness of death to appreciate the fact that we are alive, to encourage self-exploration, to clarify our values, to find meaning, and to generate positive action. As we come in contact with life's precarious nature, we also come to appreciate its preciousness. Then we don't want to waste a minute. We want to enter our lives fully. Death is a good companion on the road to living well and dying without regret.
Frank will explore these ideas and read from his new book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.
St Lukes Community Centre
St Lukes Community Centre 90 Central Street
19/05/2017 7:00 PM
19/05/2017 9:00 PM
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Frank Ostaseski, co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project and the Metta Institute, is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and a leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care. He has been honoured by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and named one of America’s 50 Most Innovative People. He teaches at healthcare and spiritual institutions, like the Mayo Clinic and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and his work has been featured on programmes such as the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among others.