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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, helping us to discover what matters most.

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart, and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. As a renowned teacher of compassionate caregiving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation.

The Five Invitations:

  • Don't wait
  • Welcome everything, push away nothing
  • Bring your whole self to the experience
  • Find a place of rest in the middle of things
  • Cultivate "don't know mind"

These Five Invitations show us how to wake up fully to our lives. They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis; they guide us toward appreciating life's preciousness. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us.

©2017 Frank Ostaseski (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Another great book

Another great story teller.
I will be revisiting this one again at least once.
We could all be so fortunate to have someone around like Frank when our time comes.
Great insights on how to be with someone who is dying or has passed.
Thank you Frank for your knowing experience and your wise, honest not knowing.

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Powerful for those facing losing a loved one!

I read an average of a book a week. Only a handful of books do I know that I will re-read and study. This book is one of those books. I first listened on Audible, which I highly recommend. The author reads the book and his voice was soothing and brought the stories to life because I could hear his tone and his inflections of voice. I then bought a copy of the book so I could mark it up and study it in more depth in the coming months. I highly recommend this book especially if you are facing the death of someone you love.

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Life Lessons from Death Lessons

I heard the author on Sam Harris’ podcast “Waking Up,” and decided to buy this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and Frank’s voice is very easy to listen to.

One doesn’t have to be a Buddhist to get something from this book. In fact, not every one who went to the Zen Hospice Center was a Buddhist. One just has to want to learn how to be more open-minded and open-hearted.

Sometimes death can teach you a lot about life.

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Book For Everyone

Where does The Five Invitations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the Best Audio books I've listened to .

Have you listened to any of Frank Ostaseski’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Glad to have happened upon him

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I wanted this book to last as long as possible ... so I rewound quite a bit so I would not miss anything !

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Helped me re evaluate some acknowledged and some buried grief .

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Beautifully written...

Loved the authors reading of his book.
It’s hard to imagine completing “The Five Invitations” without having increased awareness of the brevity of our time and how we spend it.
It is somber, insistent and beautifully written.

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Great book!

Best narration ever, I could listen to the narrator all day long everyday. Thank you Frank.

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Profound, Wise, and Deeply Humane Book

Experiencing this book as read by the author himself gives clarity and quiet power to his transcendent message: what can the living learn from the dying? Why confine those insights to the end of life? Explored through a Buddhist and tolerant lens, this book is a treasure.

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Wonderful sensitive wise must read

Thank Frank Ostaseski for penning this remarkable book. It was a heart opening best read for a long time.

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Pure essentials

This is by far the most touching Book I have ever encountered. I have been listening to it with my full attention and even as it brought ut so much emotions and fears I could not stop. Frank has such a kindness in his voice. A humblenss and awareness and vulnerability rarely embodied.
This book has opened up wells of tears, both of sorrows but perhaps even more of Gratitude.
I recommend this book to all who seek to find peace within.

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Masterful

This book made me well up with tears on more than one occasion. Franks voice is somehow familiar, and every word was thoughtfully and carefully written and spoken. Highly recommend.