Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and a 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 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.
Frank is a dynamic, original, and visionary teacher. His public programs throughout the United States and Europe have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the dying, In 2001, Frank was honored by the Dalai Lama for his years of service to the dying and their families. In 2003, he was named one of America's 50 most innovative people in America by the AARP magazine.
"The reflection on death is life-affirming. When we come into contact with the precariousness of life, we also begin to appreciate how precious it is, and then we want to live more fully."
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. Frank has served as a consultant to several healthcare organizations, NGO's and foundations including Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Fetzer Institute and others. Frank is also the author of the Being A Compassionate Companionaudio series.
Frank and the Dalai Lama share a laugh
Frank has been a keynote speaker and consultant for hundreds of educational, healthcare, spiritual institutions and programs including:
- Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA.
- University of California, Berkeley, CA.
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MI.
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.
- Duke University, Durham, NC.
- University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Germany
- Project on Death in America, New York, NY.
- Sloan Kettering Medical Center, New York, NY.
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Glenview, Il.
- National Hospice & Palliative Care Association, Alexandria, VA.
- Fetzer Instititute, Kalamazoo, MI
- Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO.
- Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA.
- Upaya Zen Center, Being with Dying Program, Santa Fe, NM
- Sacred Art of Living, Bend,OR.
- RIGPA International, Germany, England, France, Switzerland
- National Hospice Association, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Unicorn Association & College of Medicine Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
- Numerous State and Local Hospice organizations