The Five Invitations

  • by Frank Ostaseski
  • Narrated by Frank Ostaseski
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation.
The Five Invitations:


Don't wait
Welcome everything, push away nothing
Bring your whole self to the experience
Find a place of rest in the middle of things
Cultivate "don't know mind"

These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life's preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.

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Another great book

Another great story teller.
I will be revisiting this one again at least once.
We could all be so fortunate to have someone around like Frank when our time comes.
Great insights on how to be with someone who is dying or has passed.
Thank you Frank for your knowing experience and your wise, honest not knowing.
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- Ron

Read this book!

Putting into words what this book is about is not easy since it is almost 100 percent experiential. Beautifully narrated by the author whose voice speaks to love of life and the journey he is on. Listening to stories about the dying and how they have enriched his life was, and still is inspiring and very affirming, viewing death and life as one, putting to rest the notion of good death/bad death. Thank you, Frank.
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- M. O'Brien

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio