Deborah Stewart, a life-long New Yorker, first came to the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care to practice zazen with Senseis Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell. In the midst of a life of service to public schools, public policy, and non-profit organizations, she found inspiration in the Zen Center’s practice of contemplative care. Deborah completed the Foundations in Contemplative Care program serving patients and staff at Lenox Hill Hospital.

She is currently a student in the Zen Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education, serving as a contemplative chaplain intern at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and formally studies Zen Buddhism with her teacher, Sensei Koshin. She is co-steward of the NY Metro Circle of Zen Peacemakers and is a board member of the Greyston Foundation and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children. She received an MA in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jim Mintz, and always has a home for their children, Hannah and Jack.

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