Mindful Service & Joy: Where is Frank Ostaseski?

1 Comment February 9, 2010 / Posted in Meditation, Mindfulness, Uncategorized


Frank Ostaseski has much to share on Mindfulness.

If you have an opportunity, be with him at any of the programs listed below. You will have the opportunity to share a moment in time to reflect upon your own life and the living of that life. With Frank and friends you  have a mindful moment to feel “the connection between the inner life of spirit and outer life of service and action.”.

In the email he sent out this week he quotes Tagore:

“I slept and dream’t that life was joy
I woke and found that life was service
I acted and behold …Service was joy.”

As the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco he has been a leading voice in the compassionate care of the dying. For me it has shown what is also needed in the compassionate care of the living.

Frank’s Five Precepts of Service have remained with me since I was first introduced to them by Betty Denny.

I was reminded vividly of the simplicity of these five precepts of service. They are about living life fully: awake, aware, and mindful.
Powerful if you remember to live the story created by these five precepts of service from an earlier blog:

The First Precept: Welcome Everything. Push Away Nothing.

The Second Precept: Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience.

The Third Precept: Don’t Wait.

The Fourth Precept: Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things.

The Fifth Precept: Cultivate Don’t-Know Mind.

Don’t Wait. And if you’re unable to attend then: Welcome Everything and Push Nothing Away.

March 6, 2010
Conversations with Death
with Martha deBarros
Everyday Zen Foundation
Tiburon, CA

March 19, 2010
With Eyes Open
Duke University Hospice
Durham, NC

May 2, 2010

When Death Comes
with Joan Halifax Roshi
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Woodacre, CA.

May 5-23, 2010
Program in Italy
Rome, Florence, Turin

June 19, 2010
Mindfulness in Community
Sandpoint Sangha
Sandpoint, ID

June 23-27, 2010
Meditation & Inquiry Retreat
Ralston White Center
Mill Valley, CA

August 6-11, 2010
Cultivating Presence Retreat
Metta Institute Training
San Rafael, CA

August 13-15, 2010
Symposium on Engaged Buddhism
Zen Peacemakers
Montague, MA

September 10-12,2010
With Eyes Open
with Joan Halifax Roshi
Upaya Zen Center
Santa Fe, NM

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  1. Some Sharing from Karen Sothers on Mindfulness & Meditation said on September 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    […] care of the dying in America. You can read about one of the founder’s of the Metta Institute, Frank Ostaseski, who shared his teaching here awhile back on his Five Precepts of Service Meditation: Retrain Your […]

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