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The Heart of the Great Matter: Lessons for Living from Being with Dying

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Frank Ostaseski
Martha deBarros
with Frank Ostaseski and Martha deBarros
August 19-21 (Friday-Sunday)
$170 ($145/Member)

No prior experience required.
This workshop is open to all.

Explore your relationship to death and learn how being with dying can teach you about living a wise and loving life.

The tragedy in dying is not that life is impermanent. It is that we wait until the end to discover what really matters. These two old friends will guide us in a caring conversation about the precarious nature of life and how that can help us appreciate its preciousness. Death offers a clear mirror in which to see our daily choices. It shows us what has meaning and value. It reminds us not to waste time, lending a power, grace and fullness to every moment. Together, we will explore our relationship to death and, in the process, learn how being with dying can you teach about living a wise and loving life.

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Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is the Founder of the Metta Institute and co-founder of Zen Hospice Project. He is one of America’s leading voices in contemplative care of the dying.His groundbreaking work has been widely featured by Bill Moyers, The Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS television and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by H.H. Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families.


Martha deBarros

Martha deBarros is a longtime resident and practitioner at Green Gulch Farm. She co-founded the Zen Hospice Project and is an active member of Everyday Zen. Martha received lay entrustment from Norman Fischer in 2005. She currently teaches meditation to a group of elders and to inmates at San Quentin Prison and the County Jail in San Bruno.