What Can Death Teach Us?
September 1-4, 2017
Friday-Monday, 3 nights
Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.
Life and death are a package deal. You can’t really pull them apart. In fact, in Japanese Zen, the term “shoji” translates as “life-death.” There is no separation between life and death other than a small hyphen, a thin line that connects the two. We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death.
This program is an invitation to reclaim the spiritual dimensions of shoji, revealing both the precarious and precious nature of your life.
Join Frank Ostaseski, the guiding teacher and founding director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, whose work teaches practices for mindful and compassionate care of the dying. Together, we will illuminate what matters most and be reminded not to squander this life. The good news is that we don’t have to wait until the end of life to realize the wisdom that death has to teach.
In this highly experiential program you will learn:
The program will include many experiential exercises and pragmatic tools, as well as Frank’s inspiring stories of sitting bedside with more than 1,000 dying people over the past 30 years.
Frank Ostaseski is a dynamic and visionary Buddhist teacher, international lecturer, founder of Metta Institute, and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project—the first Buddhist hospice in the United States. His public programs, writings, and recordings have introduced thousands to the practices of contemplative care.
Frank is author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Life, and his groundbreaking work on mindful and compassionate end-of-life care has been widely featured in the media, including on the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms and the Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families.
A frequent keynote speaker for many healthcare organizations such as Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Frank teaches at dharma centers throughout the world, including Spirit Rock, Upaya, and Rigpa’s international centers.
Live a more whole-hearted life by taking this weekend to focus your awareness on the interconnectedness of life and death and discover what is most important to you.
Take home contemplative practices for being with the dying and dealing with loss and grief.
Hear and share poignant and inspiring stories about life and death and begin to incorporate their important lessons now for more fulfillment in your life.
Download a sample schedule.
This program is especially helpful for healthcare professionals, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, counselors, chaplains, social workers, physical therapists, massage therapists, experienced hospice volunteers, and others in the healing professions.
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:
Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.
*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).
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