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Catch Your Mind: Unveiling the Zen Path


An Online and In-Person Offering with Koshin Paley Ellison Sensei

Catch Your Mind is an exploration of the central grounding themes of Soto Zen Buddhist practice: wisdom, ethics, and contemplation in connection to the Three Treasures – the awakened mind (Buddha), taking refuge in the teachings everywhere (Dharma), and in community (Sangha). In this way, this course aspires to be a spiritual learning community. 


How can you experience more freedom within yourself and more connection with others? How can you develop your own Zen path of practice? Join us for ten months of study and learn from the writings of Robert Aitken, John Daido Loori, Katsuki Sekida, Taizan Maezumi, Bernie Glassman, John Daishin Buksbazen and others. If you are wondering what the Zen path is, this is a beautiful opportunity to take a fresh look with others in a loving, learning, and practice environment.


Together we will explore materials that offer:

  • Practical instruction
  • Philosophical and spiritual interest
  • Teachings rich in poetic imagery
  • Images rich in emotional resonance
  • Opportunities to reflect on what matters most to you


In this ten-month journey, we will meet once a month for a morning of practice, an afternoon of study, and, of course, we welcome you to practice zazen each day in the online & in-person zendo.


One of the essential questions for us is: if we are already free, connected, and lacking nothing, why practice? Let’s inquire together.

Course Details:

  • Class Dates: Sept 30th | Oct 14th | (No Class Session in Nov) | Dec 9th | Jan 20th | Feb 10th | Mar 9th | Apr 20th | May 11th | June 1st | July 13th
  • Includes NYZC Half-Day Retreats: The course schedule includes participation in NYZC’s monthly Half-Day retreats (whether virtually or in-person) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET and the Catch Your Mind class from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET.
  • 60.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) are available for Social Workers. Please be sure to add this to your registration if you’d like to receive CEs for this course. You will also be required to complete an evaluation form at the end of the semester in order to receive CEs. NYZC is an approved provider of SW CEs through the NYSED State Board for Social Work. If you are licensed outside of New York State, please check with your local SW Board to make sure they’ll accept these CEs.


About the Teacher

Koshin Paley Ellison Sensei, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. After many years as a chaplain and psychotherapist, Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Koshin is a world renowned thought leader in contemplative care. He is the author of Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion (Balance/Hachette, 2022); Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up (Wisdom Publications, 2019) and the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care(Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, and Tricycle Magazine among other publications.


September 30 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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