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Eishō Kantgias 

Eishō is a Formal Zen student of Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison. After receiving a BBA from the University of Michigan, Eishō spent twenty years toiling away in the business world. Post-divorce and pivoting toward meaning, community and spiritual nourishment, she taught philosophy at a Montessori Middle School for seven years while raising her two children and serving as a counselor at Crisis Text Line.  Eishō stumbled upon the NYZC Foundations program during a stormy period while trying to tend to the suffering of several close family members, including her mom.  She completed the Foundations in Contemplative Care training in 2018 serving the patients at Greenwich Hospital.  The experience of losing her mom during Foundations inspired her to continue her training as a Chaplain Intern through the Zen Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education program.  She has now completed three units of CPE serving as a contemplative chaplain intern at Northern Westchester Hospital, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, and Hudson Guild in New York City.  Eishō received Jukai on August 29, 2021.  Her life and chaplaincy practice are inspired and challenged by the Three Pure Precepts: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.  She lives in Connecticut with her partner, George, their four coming-and-going, young adult children—Matteo, Allison, Francesca and Kirwan—and two quadrupeds, Pet Peeve and Biz.