New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care Talks Archive  A digital archive of presentations and talks related to contemplative care You can receive new dharma talks automatically by subscribing to our ‘Zencare’ podcast using iTunes.

  • Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell

    Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. The organization delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service and meditation practice. 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. Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher, Chodo has travelled extensively in the U.S teaching in various institutions as well as bearing witness to the suffering of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. His passion lies in bereavement counseling and advocating for change in the way our healthcare institutions work with the dying.  He is a Senior Soto Zen priest and Soto Zen Teacher.

    Co-Founder
  • 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 contempla- tive 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-Founder


NYZCCC Visiting Teachers

  • Mark Doty

    Mark Doty‘s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island.

    Author and Poet
  • Marie Howe

    Marie Howe was born in 1950 and received her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. Her debut volume, The Good Thief, was selected by Margaret Atwood as winner of the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, published in 1988 by Persea Books. Since then, she has published two more collections, What the Living Do (W. W. Norton, 1998) and The Kingdom of the Ordinary (2008). In 1995, she edited (with Michael Klein) the anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. About her work, the poet Stanley Kunitz has said, "Marie Howe's poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life." Her awards include a fellowship at the Bunting Institute, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has served on the faculty of several schools, including Tufts University and Dartmouth College. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia University in New York City, where she lives with her daughter. In August 2012 she was named the State Poet Laureate of New York State.

    Author and Poet






  • Josh Korda

    Josh Korda has been studying the dhamma since 1995 and received his initial teacher training with Noah Levine. He gives regular talks at DharmaPunx New York, as well as other sanghas in New York City. Over the years Josh has had the honor to sit with and learn from a variety of respected practitioners such as Ajahns Geoff, Brahm, Vajiro and Sucitto, to name a few. Josh lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

    Dharma Punx




  • Diane E. Meier, MD

    Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC. Awards include a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius award’ Fellowship in 2008; HealthLeaders recognition as one of 20 Americans who make health care better in 2010; the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring palliative care into mainstream medicine; and the American Geriatrics Society Edward Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture Award in 2013.





  • Sharon Salzberg

    Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, and has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True. She is also the author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World, both published by Shambhala Publications; and co-author with Joseph Goldstein of Insight Meditation, a Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (audio), from Sounds True. For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.

    Author


  • Robert Schiller, MD, ABFP

    Robert (Red) Schiller is the Institute’s senior vice president for medical affairs and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Schiller, who joined the Institute in 1987, oversees the delivery of primary medical services across the Institute’s network of practices, develops quality improvement initiatives related to medical care, and directs the Beth Israel residency in Urban Family Practice, which the Institute co-sponsors with Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Schiller maintains an active patient care practice, and serves as chair of the Institute’s graduate medical education programs, the Institute’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Research Subjects, and Beth Israel’s Ethics Committee. He has a professional interest in homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternative therapies that complement conventional medical care. Dr. Schiller is the recipient of several awards including the Park-Davis Award for Teaching Medicine.



  • Gina Sharpe

    Gina Sharpe was born in Jamaica and immigrated to New York at the age of 11. She has an A.B. in Philosophy from Barnard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Before practicing law, she worked for the New York City government (the Lindsay Administration), in the motion picture industry (as Assistant to the Producer of feature length films Little Big Man, Paper Lion and Alice’s Restaurant), as well as conducting research in public not-for-profits. As a lawyer, she practiced as a corporate litigator and then as a corporate lawyer. She also served as an executive in the fields of venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. 

    After retiring from the practice of law, she co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center. She currently serves as the Guiding Teacher. Trained as a retreat teacher in a joint Teacher Training Program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society, she teaches at various venues around the United States including Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Mid America Dharma, Garrison Institute, Asia Society, Tibet House, the New York Open Center, the Katonah Yoga Center and a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995. She has served on the boards of directors of several not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.



  • Morgan Stebbins, MDiv, LMSW, Certified Jungian Analyst, DMin

    Morgan Stebbins, LMSW, DMin, NCPsyA, Certified Jungian Analyst, is a Jungian Analyst with a practice both in Manhattan and also in the Cold Spring/Garrison, N.Y. area.  He was the Director of Training of the JPA (Jungian Psychoanalytic Association) and continues to serve as a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York.  Morgan began his ongoing Zen studies with Richard Baker Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center in the late 70’s and was also a resident at their nearby monastery, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.  His teaching integrates depth psychology with the wisdom of ancient traditions.  In his analytic practice, the meaning of archetypal symbols that arise in each person orients the direction of the work.



  • angel Kyodo williams, Sensei

    angel Kyodo williams, Sensei, is an American writer, ordained Zen priest and the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. williams is the Spiritual Director of the meditation-based newDharma Community and founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California. As of October 2013, she is the world's 2nd Black female Zen teacher.



  • Trudi Jinpu Hirsch, ZPO, ACPE

    Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson is an ACPE certified chaplain supervisor and an APC certified chaplain. A resident of Zen Mountain Monastery for 12 years, she completed her monastic training in 1998 and was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Priest and received Denkai transmission in the White Plum Sangha. She previously worked for 14 years as a chaplain and supervisor at various hospitals in New York City. For eight years, Jinpu served as a faculty member and Chaplain Supervisor for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in NYC. She is presently the chaplain supervisor at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY.

    ACPE CPE Chaplaincy Supervisor & Core Teacher