To learn to live well, one must first to learn to die well.
Caregivers, educators, pastors, medical professionals and more frequently interface with those experiencing emotional and spiritual crises and suffering. For a contemplative caregiver, the ultimate goal is to be able to better understand the causes of suffering and harness the tools of resilience and compassion when it is called upon from them.
To this end, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZC) to empower and educate those seeking to make this kind of impact. In this installment of C.A.F.E. 229, host Peter Lin, Ph.D explores the core of contemplative care and the journey Sensei Koshin took to create this learning space.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. After many years as a chaplain and psychotherapist, Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZC), which offers contemplative approaches to care through education, personal caregiving, and Zen practice.
Koshin is a world-renowned thought leader in contemplative care. He is the author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up (Wisdom Publications, 2019), and the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, Tricycle among other publications.
Learn more about Sensei Koshin and the NYZC here.
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