This is the last of a three-part series where we explore Frank Ostaseski’s book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach the Living. Frank helped found the Zen Hospice Project’s Guest House. Through his work with hospice patients, he felt that “When we come close to the end of our life, what’s really important makes itself known.”
Learn more about Frank’s perspective in this interview
Want to read the book as we go along? Learn more at:
The Five Invitations are:
- 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 a Don’t Know Mind
In this podcast we talk about the importance of Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things, and Cultivate a Don’t Know Mind.
We talked about the Japanese tradition of writing a poem at the end of life. Here are some resources to explore. What would your final words be? We would love to feature your poetry.
- Jisei: The Japanese Death Poem
- Death Poem – Wikipedia
- Death Poems – Samurai Archive
- Death Poem as Part of Seppuku Ritual – Ancient Origins
- Four Japanese Death Haiku
Last Curtain Calls
Charlie shares interesting stories about how famous people died publicly.
Shout out to Rick in Yukon, Oklahoma and all of you trying to stay on a diet! Instead of teasing you with sweets, we have a special KETO recipe just for you, but still with chocolatey goodness. This death by chocolate recipe comes from Hey Keto Mama.
Did you make it? Let us know! And if you have any diet friendly favorites, (sweet or not) send them in!
Drinkin’ with Death
Death joins us again to answer some questions from our listeners. Do you have a question for Death? We’d love to hear from you.