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August 3, 2018—August 5, 2018

Frank Ostaseski & Roshi Joan Halifax: Being with Dying: A Retreat on Compassionate Care of the Dying

A limited number of scholarships from the The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism are available for those with financial need. Apply here.

Being with those who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges old patterns, reveals our deepest clinging, and plunges us into uncertainty.  At the same time, it is an opportunity for growth, a journey of continuous discovery, requiring courage and flexibility. Taken as a practice of awareness, we can cultivate a wise heart, compassion, and a capacity for skillful action.

In this intensive weekend, we will explore the cultivation of the essential mental/heart qualities and practical skills that allow us to accompany people who are dying and their families through the experience of a catastrophic illness and the dying process. This involves the development of a steady, compassionate, and present-centered awareness that supports us in being strong and stable advocates for those who are suffering and dying. It also affords us the means to be deeply enriched by our care of others.

Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax are pioneers in the field of contemplative end-of-life care, and have trained thousands of healthcare clinicians and caregivers. This weekend intensive includes teachings, processes, and practices they have developed over many decades. This is a rare and special opportunity to work closely with both Frank and Roshi.


Frank Ostaseski
is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom 2.0, and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. 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, Ph.D., 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, 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 a Mind and Life Institute board member and fellow.

She is the director of the project on Being with Dying, founder and director of the Upaya Prison Project, and the founder of 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 Edge States: Challenges for the Compassionate Caregiver.

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