All too often death is talked about as the enemy. This is probably the most common point of view, but there is another point of view which leads us to perceive the “real”. A life that does not include an awareness of death is not real. A regular reflection on death offers us 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 power, grace and fullness to every moment.
Being with dying, we often witness a surrendering of previously limiting self-images. A heightened sense of the sacred is discovered in ordinary things as we feel ourselves to be part of something larger than our life that also includes our life. Can we know this before we die?
We will explore this possibility and offer practical methods and spiritual practices that support others and help us to stay present in the territory of mystery and unanswerable questions.
Frank Ostaseski is the Founding Director of the Zen Hospice Project , the first Buddhist hospice in America (San Francisco). A long-time Buddhist practitioner, Frank uses his knowledge of both Buddhism and Western psychotherapy for an innovative approach to end-of life care that reaffirm the spiritual dimensions of dying. In 2001, Frank was honored by the Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families. In 2003, he was named one of America 's 50 most innovative people by the AARP magazine.
Giovanni M. Quinti is the Vice President Sieropositivo.it and Web Site Ideator.He has lead voluntaries groups at Hospital of Infectious Diseases L. Spallanzani in Rome.