Frank Ostaseski

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Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher and a leader in the field of end-of-life care. He is the Guiding Teacher and Founding Director of Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He is the former Spiritual Teacher-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute.[1] AARP(American Association of Retired Persons) named him one of The 50 Most Innovative People over 50.[2]


In 1987 he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America, and created the Metta Institute to train professionals in providing mindful and compassionate end-of-life care.[3]

He conducts workshops which reveal people's attitude towards death and emphasizes a mindful approach to caring for the dying such as "Spiritual Practices in Accompanying the Dying", "Forming a Compassionate Community", "Being a Compassionate Caregiver".[4]

His work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms,[5] The Oprah Winfrey Show[6] and others. In 2001, he was given an honor by the Dalai Lama for his compassionate service to the dying and their families.[7] He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, which has been published on five continents in different languages including German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Arabic.[8]


  • The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. March 14, 2017. ISBN 978-1-250-07465-2.


  1. ^ PBS: Mourning - Frank Ostaseski
  2. ^ A Conversation with Frank Ostaseski
  3. ^ "Frank Ostaseski". New York Open Center. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ Frank Ostaseski
  5. ^ "#104 - The Lessons of Death". Sam Harris. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ "OPRAH WINFRY SHOW: What Do You Really Believe?". Metta Institute. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ Fox, MeiMei. "What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully". Josephs House. Retrieved 12 February 2018.