Special Event: Caring For The Dying
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It also challenges our most basic beliefs. It is a journey of continuous discovery, requiring courage and flexibility. We learn to open, take risks, and forgive constantly. Taken as a practice of awareness, it can reveal both our deep clinging and our capacity to embrace another person's suffering as our own.
This workshop presents a mindful and compassionate approach to addressing the practical, emotional, and spiritual issues which are inherent in this unique relationship. We will use mindfulness practice, group discussion and experiential exercises to discover our capacity for balance, empathy, and fearless receptivity. The workshop will assist participants in developing the skillful means necessary to accompany those facing death with openness and love.
Frank Ostaseski is one of leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created Metta Institute an educational organization that offers professional trainings and public programs that reaffirm the spiritual dimensions of dying. He has introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the dying
His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, the PBS series With Eyes Open, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. In 2001, Frank was honored by the Dalai Lama for his many years of compassionate service to the dying and their families.
More info: http://www.mettainstitute.org/
DATE: February 11, 2012, 10:30 – 4:00 (including lunch break)
PLACE: Kannon Do, 1972 Rock Street, Mountain View
COST: $25 per person
TO SIGN-UP: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (650) 948-5020