Exploring Compassion and Fearlessness at the End of Life
with Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax
Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM, July 10-12, 2009
This retreat is for professional and family caregivers, those with life-threatening illness and those wishing to address approaches to end-of-life care. Together we will explore our views of pain, suffering, mortality, and freedom from suffering; perspectives on our encounter with death, as well as psycho-spiritual and contemplative approaches to care of the dying; the development of compassion and resilience in care of the dying, and methods for cultivating empathy, altruism, and compassion and sustaining resilience as we care for dying people.
The program includes practices and teachings offered by two pioneers and close friends. Frank Ostaseski founded the Zen Hospice in San Francisco and now directs the Metta Institute. Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen teacher and abbot, sought-after keynote speaker, and has been a major presence in the end-of-life care field for over forty years. Her latest book is Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death.
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