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November 15, 2019—November 17, 2019

Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax: Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.

Radical compassion supports us to go toward and learn from suffering. It breeds radical courage, the perseverance, that enables us to act in the face of fear, risk or vulnerability. This illuminates our radical connectedness providing the motivation for true service,  seeing ourself as other and other as ourself.

During this weekend retreat, these two pioneers in contemplative end of life care will share the distilled, hard-won lessons synthesized from decades of being with dying. They will introduce the essential mental/heart qualities and practical skills that allow us to accompany others through the experience of catastrophic illness and the dying process. They will help us develop the capacities needed to be compassionate companions and strong and stable advocates for those who are suffering or dying. We will explore how the cultivation of compassion and courage makes it possible to live with a fearless heart, as we widen the circle of our care and connections and generate positive action in our world.



Frank Ostaseski  
is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher, visionary co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, and Google Headquarters and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers’ PBS series, On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

Roshi Joan Halifax, is a pioneer in the end-of-life care field. She is a Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.  She has lectured, on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions, including Harvard Divinity School, Georgetown Medical School, the University of Virginia Medical School, and Duke University, among many others. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress. 

She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project, and is involved in the Nomads Clinic that delivers health care to villagers in Nepal. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness, Being with Dying, and her newest book: Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.

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