It’s a lot more than “Seize the day.” We learn from the dying to push away nothing; to lose the habit of postponing things; to show up entirely; to find rest amid whatever; to go ahead and be surprised. You can look death right in the eye, tough as it is, and life lights up.
Frank Ostaseki, one of the world’s great end-of-life counselors, has attended over a thousand dyings. He was a cofounder of the renowned Zen Hospice in San Francisco and is the author of a new book, The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully: https://smile.amazon.com/Five-Invitations-Discovering-Death-Living/dp/1250074657/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490039661&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Five+Invitations%3A+Discovering+What+Death+Can+Teach+Us+About+Living+Fully/.
“What the Dying Teach the Living” was given on April 10, 02017 as part of Long Now’s Seminar series. The series was started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking from some of the world’s leading thinkers. The Seminars take place in San Francisco and are curated and hosted by Stewart Brand. To follow the talks, you can:
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