Why I wrote Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Has to Teach Us About Living

It was due to my wife Vanda’s encouragement that I wrote this book based on lessons learned from death and a lifetime of service. Having sat bedside with more than 1,000 people while guiding the Zen Hospice Project, and having … Continue reading

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Recovery?

By Frank Ostaseski (after his heart attack) I don’t know how to do this. How could I? I’ve never done this before. How do I include illness in day-to-day life? What adjustments are really necessary in my relationships, work, how … Continue reading

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What’s Enough?

Slipping on my shoes Boiling water Toasting bread Buttering the sky: That should be enough contact with God In one day to make anyone crazy Buttering the Sky -by Hafiz translated by Daniel Ladinsky What’s Enough? What do you think? … Continue reading

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Taming the Inner Critic

No matter how you try, you can’t please your inner critic. There is no fooling it. The critic knows your every move, every trick up your sleeve, every bit of your past. It has been right there with you throughout … Continue reading

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Buddhist Need to Grieve Too

In the Mahåparnibbåna Sutta, there is an accounting of the monks response to the Buddha’s death. It seems a pretty good description of the spectrum of grief responses we might have to the loss of someone we love. “…and those … Continue reading

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Grief a Path to Wholeness

Grieving the death of someone we love is like being thrown into a river raging with of powerful and conflicting emotions. It pulls us down… beneath the surface of our lives to dark waters where we cannot breathe. Frantically we … Continue reading

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Supporting Grief

Loss is inevitable and grief is the process of healing the pain associated with loss. Our grief is our common ground. Along the path to healing we are all called upon to examine our grief. To grieve is to be … Continue reading

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The Well of Grief

Those who will not slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief turning down to its black water to the place that we can not breathe will never know the source from which we drink the secret water … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation

For me meditation is about learning to be intimate. Learning to listen intimately to ourselves and the world around us. It’s not just about being more focused or attaining some special transcendent state. It’s about freedom and learning to live … Continue reading

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Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you … Continue reading

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