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Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is the Founder of Metta Institute

Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and a leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care.

He has a forthcoming book: Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Being Fully Alive

In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs and professional trainings that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care.

A primary project of Metta InstituteĀ® is the End-of-Life Practitioner Program that Frank leads with faculty members Ram Dass, Rachel Naomi Remen MD, and others.

Frank is a dynamic, original, and visionary teacher. His public programs throughout the United States and Europe have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the dying, In 2001, Frank was honored by the Dalai Lama for his years of service to the dying and their families. In 2003, he was named one of America’s 50 most innovative people in America by the AARP magazine.

“The reflection on death is life-affirming. When we come into contact with the precariousness of life, we also begin to appreciate how precious it is, and then we want to live more fully.”

His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, the PBS series With Eyes Open, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. Frank has served as a consultant to several healthcare organizations, NGO’s and foundations including Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Fetzer Institute and others. Frank is also the author of the Being A Compassionate CompanionĀ audio series.

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