Join me and Frank Ostaseski co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project and Metta Institute for this unique program which will be held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It’s the perfect setting for our exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. The program is open to all and will include mindfulness meditation, talks by teachers, experiential exercises and discussion.
Both living and dying take great courage and compassion. Our fear of death can be especially intense and perhaps cloud our ability to fully live.
In Japanese Zen, the term shoji translates as “birth-death.” There is no separation between life and death other than a small hyphen – a thin line that connects the two. We cannot be truly alive without maintaining an awareness of death. Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most. And the good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer.
How can we find the great compassion and great courage to explore life and death fully? What can we do to free the heart from fear and dread?
PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of meditation cushions available at this location. If you have a cushion, please bring it with you.