Director of Certificate Programs in Contemplative Studies
Head Teacher of Zen Buddhist Contemplative Studies 
and Co-Teacher of Contemplative Palliative Care

  • Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN

    Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, cofounded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America, which delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. 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 he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School.

    Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). He received his clinical training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. He began is formal Zen training in 1987, and he delightfully continues to study with Dorothy Dai En Friedman, Zen teacher in the White Plum Soto Zen Lineage. He is a senior Zen monk, Soto Zen teacher, ACPE supervisor, and Jungian psychotherapist.

Co-Teacher of Certificate in Contemplative Palliative Care

  • Craig D. Blinderman, MD

    Dr. Craig D. Blinderman, M.D., is currently the director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Medical Center and serves on the advisory board for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He was previously an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic. Dr. Binderman received his M.A. in philosophy from Columbia before earning his medical degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. He completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blinderman has published articles and chapters on early palliative care in lung cancer patients, medical ethics, existential distress, symptom assessment and quality of life in chronic lung and heart failure patients, as well as pain management in hematology and oncology patients and patients with a history of substance abuse. He is currently the section editor for Case Discussions in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. His academic interests include: decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public health, medical ethics, and the integration of palliative care in critical care medicine. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve students and residents’ skills in communication and care for the dying.

Head Teacher of Certificate in Contemplative Jungian Studies

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Head Teacher of Certificate in Contemplative Spiritual Counseling

  • Rev. Leslye Noyes, PsyD, MDiv, LP, LMHC

    Rev. Leslye Noyes, PsyD, MDiv, LP, LMHC, is a certified Jungian Analyst in private practice in NYC. Leslye sees individuals and couples and supervises therapists interested in learning how to work symbolically. She graduated from Union Theological Seminary and is an ordained UCC minister. She was awarded the Post. M.Div. Mission Fellowship from the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, which she used to develop visual art as a ministerial tool. Leslye completed training programs at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, Blanton Peale Institutes for Religion and Mental Health and the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. She is a certified Pastoral Counselor and a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She currently serves as the Dean of Candidates at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association.