The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski

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Frank Ostaseski is the author of The Five Invitations, a self-help book published in March 2017. He is a Buddhist teacher, an international lecturer, and a leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care. He is also the founder of the Metta Institute and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. Learn more about the author, his book, as well as ratings and reviews about it.

Frank Ostaseski has dedicated his life to service. He has been honored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and AARP named him one of America’s Fifty Most Innovative People. He has offered seminars at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, and Heidelberg University, and he teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe.

In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs and professional trainings that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care. A primary project of Metta Institute is the End-of-Life Practitioner Program that Frank leads with faculty members Ram Dass, Rachel Naomi Remen MD, and others.

His work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other programs. Frank is also the author of the Being A Compassionate Companion audio series.

In March 2017 he published a self-help book titled The Five Invitations. Here is a short book presentation.


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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  1. THE FIVE INVITATIONS is an authentic and precious book, full of teachings to help you live a meaningful life. It’s a way to mindfulness. This book will change you forever. Like a Bible, you can read it once, twice, or more. It’s a must-have in your personal library.

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