The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

An evening discussion and book-signing with Frank Ostaseski, pioneering hospice founder and end-of-life caregiver and educator

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | 7:30pm

Program Fee: $25, includes one copy of Frank’s book

“Being with dying, like good poetry, can point us to the essence of things.”

Awareness of death is a valuable companion on the road to living well. It seems life and death are a package deal. They cannot be separated. Frank Ostaseki’s acclaimed new book, The Five Invitations, is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how a consciousness of death can bring us closer to our true selves.

As a celebrated teacher in compassionate end-of-life care and the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with thousands of people. In The Five Invitations, he shares his experiences over the course of an extraordinary career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points toward a radical path of transformation.

Join Frank and the NYZCCC community to explore The Five Invitations. A wonderful opportunity for anyone coping with loss, navigating transition or crisis, or looking to more fully appreciate life’s preciousness.




Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher and leader in contemplative end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project and later created the Metta Institute to train professionals in compassionate, mindfulness-based care. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe.

His work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his compassionate service to the dying and their families. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. More info:


Praise for The Five Invitations

“Frank is a pioneer in mindful care at the end of life. He embodies the wisdom and compassion he shares in these magical and compelling pages. You feel it instantly, because it is real, and it is really about you and your life.” ―Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses

“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

“As a physician, I often work with people who view death as the ultimate isolating experience, solitary confinement for eternity―the ultimate dark terror. In this extraordinary, eloquent, and powerful book, Frank Ostaseski reveals how we can transform this darkness into a bright light (brilliant in every way), a return to the source, the ultimate in intimacy, healing, and meaning―the essence of love. What could be better than that?” ―Dean Ornish, M.D. and New York Times bestselling author of The Spectrum

“Our capacity to live and love fully awakens as we open our hearts to death. Frank Ostaseski guides us in this opening with a luminous wisdom derived from his own full immersion in the journey. Please give yourself to The Five Invitations; these teachings reveal the mystery and beauty of our essential Being.” ―Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge