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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 developed a model of[...]

No Escape

The habit of escape does not serve. Pain + Resistance = Suffering. It's counter intuitive but healing is always found by turning toward the suffering. Intentionally becoming more permeable, present, and mindfully curious engages our resources,[...]

Don’t Wait

We can harness the awareness of death to appreciate the fact that we are alive, to encourage self-exploration, to clarify our values, to find meaning, and to generate positive action. It is the impermanence of life that gives us perspective. As[...]

Compassionate Presence.

Today our group explored roadblocks to Compassionate Presence. "....Compassion, sometimes spoken of as the "heart’s quivering" is the natural and intelligent response of our Being to the presence of suffering." "A reasonable question to ask[...]

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THE FIVE INVITATIONS

Discovering What Death
Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.

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