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So begins Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. In his 30-plus years as a companion to the dying, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. A renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us about how to forge rich and meaningful lives. The Five Invitations - Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing; Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience; Don't Wait; Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things; and Cultivate a Don't Know Mind - show how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives. This stunning, unforgettable book offers a radical path to transformation.
"These moving teachings can open your heart and change your life. For decades, Frank has been a compassionate guide to thousands of people facing death. In The Five Invitations, he shares his timeless wisdom, beautifully, as a blessing to all." (Jack Kornfield, international Buddhist teacher and author of A Path with Heart)
"Frank Ostaseski is one of the great contemporary teachers of ancient Buddhist wisdom and practice. Over the years, his teachings have informed both my meditative and clinical practices. Now, through The Five Invitations a broader audience can benefit from Frank s insights, soulful perspectives, and practical guidance. What a gift!" (Ira Byock, MD, international leader in palliative care, chief medical officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services)
" The Five Invitations is a remarkable book, one that is deeply needed by all of us. Five invitations to live our lives fully, in the present, all the way through. Frank Ostaseski, whose journey spans over three decades of creating and participating in the hospice movement, imparts timeless wisdom that should inform our every day: How to embrace uncertainty and live with joy, peace, and acceptance. This is not a book about death, it's a book about life and living. Buy it, share it, live it I know I will." (Henry S. Lodge, MD, Robert Burch Family Professor of Medicine and coauthor of the Younger Next Year series)
"A powerful book by my good friend Frank Ostaseski, who has brought together wisdom and compassion in his life and his long years of work with the dying. We will all be enriched, inspired, and edified by his extraordinary book on how facing death can enrich our life." (Joan Halifax Roshi, PhD, founder and abbot at the Upaya Zen Center and author of Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death)
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By Roxani on 11-16-17
A book for life (and death)
In the Five Invitations, Frank demonstrates what it means to let go of delusions, turn towards pain and face death (and life) with dignity. Frank’s intimate relationship with death gave me a profound sense of safety. As I listened to Frank’s soothing and loving voice I felt as though I was being cradled in my mother’s arms. The book has been of incredible support in helping me be with my personal pain during a challenging period. I will be listening to the Five Invitations over and over again.
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By H. Fanelsa on 05-13-18
Beautiful, wise, compassionate book, read by the author in his deep, warm, kind voice. I will definitely listen to this again to take it all in. Thoroughly recommended.