The Paradox Of Vulnerability

Frank Ostaseski

A foundational voice in end of life care, Frank Ostaseski, shares how his series of recent strokes and the sudden switch in roles from caregiver to care-receiver have deepened his understanding of the surprising ways vulnerability can unlock personal resilience and cultivate compassion for oneself and others. In his conversation with Courtney E. Martin, the Zen Hospice Project co-founder speaks about the loss of identity in the setting of illness and why he’s more interested in discovery, not recovery.

About the Speaker

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary pioneer in end of life care. Frank co-founded Zen Hospice Project, where he led the establishment of its insightful care model of compassionate presence and mindfulness. He founded the Metta Institute in 2005, training countless health care clinicians and caregivers while building a national network of educators, advocates and guides for those facing life-threatening illness. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.