Living Fully

What Can Death Teach Us?

Frank Ostaseski

September 1-4, 2017

Friday-Monday, 3 nights

See below for
accommodation rates.


Program Description

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:

  • Life lessons from ordinary people who find the resources to meet death in extraordinary ways
  • How the study of death can help us identify and use these resources to navigate inner transformation.
  • Silent meditation and inquiry practices to meet your great fears and live a more whole-hearted life.

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.

Why Attend?

  • 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.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    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.

Program Faculty

frank-ostaseski-bc-300x400Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is a dynamic and visionary Buddhist teacher, international lecturer, founder of Metta Institute, and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project—the…



Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:

Pod: $420
Standard single: from $565
Standard double: from $520
Traditional: from $610
Suite: from $1,030

Taxes apply.

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