“The constant learning of this time is: how do we want to be and how do we meet each challenge, particularly in our minds?”

As the center adapts to a post-pandemic virtual existence, Sensei Koshin addresses the realities New Yorkers are facing in response to Covid-19. These harrowing tales highlight the practice of bearing witness to suffering. Other topics discussed: stepping forward in the face of fear, encouraging others to become curious about themselves, and appreciating varying daily abilities.

ZenTalk Notes:

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

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Music: Heart Sutra by Kanho Yakushiji –  Buddhist priest and a musician of the Rinzai sect and Imaji temple in Imabari, Japan. In 2003, he formed “KISSAQUO”, a songwriting duo based in Kyoto.

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