Koshin Paley Ellison
Rev. Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, ACPE, cofounded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Buddhist organization to offer fully accredited chaplaincy training in America. The organization delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. In order to bring the work to a broader audience, Ellison codeveloped the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program.
Ellison is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is codirector of contemplative care services for the department of integrative medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also serves on the medical ethic committee. He is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. Thirty thousand people listen to his podcasts each year. His work has been widely featured in the media, including PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and in numerous print publications, such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is a senior Zen Buddhist priest, chaplaincy supervisor, and psychotherapist.