Series Description: This whole life is a place where we can make real and right our dedication to awakening, in living and dying, in caring and being cared for. Being completely and vividly present for the rich details of our lives and the lives of others is the means that we use to transform our anguish, discover truth, and serve. Living and dying then is an experience of discovery, and this program, led by two pioneers in the end-of-life care field, is an exploration of how we bring depth and dedication into our whole lives and the life of the world. Through teachings, exchanges, and unique practices and processes, we explore the following areas: engaged practice and ethics, community dynamics and the shadow, developing compassion and wisdom as we care for ourselves and others, and practices and processes that cultivate our skills in being fully human.
Episode Description: In the first session of this program, Roshi Joan Halifax reflects on what can be learned through practicing awareness of death and being with dying. “Death touches all of us. In some way it is a great equalizer,” she says. Frank Ostaseski conducts a group exercise where he poses the question: What is a moment you have turned towards and turned away from life, death, and freedom?
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Frank is a pioneer in contemplative end of life care. In 1987, he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide...
Roshi Joan Halifax, PhDAbbot
Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen...