The Garrison Institute welcomed Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, co-founders of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, for a live webinar on resilience and compassion.
The world has reached a major crossroads in the form of a viral pandemic. While we may have to physically distance ourselves from each other, how do we use this time to move towards connection and intimacy, rather than recoil in fear and further emotional isolation? How can we find the intimacy that is always available moment to moment?
In this rare opportunity to be and teach together, Zen teachers Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Chodo Campbell shared their thoughts on meditation practices and attitudes that can support us to live our values, root them in our bodies, and widen out. The practices they offer enable us to wake up in order to live wholeheartedly, not only in the face of crises, but always.
Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. In order to bring the work to a broader audience, he co-developed the Foundations in Contemplative Care Training Program. Chodo is part of the core faculty for the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He teaches in the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, which offers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and Zen practice. He has served as the co-director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine and as the chaplaincy supervisor for the Pain and Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship and the Integrative Medicine Fellowship of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; he is also a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School.
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