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Podcast: Zen Teacher Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Are you in Zombieland? Zen Teacher Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison wants you to wake up.

In this episode, Rabbi Rami speaks with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison. Paley Ellison is the co-founder the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer clinical chaplaincy training in America. He began his formal Zen training in 1987, and he is now a formally recognized Soto Zen teacher.  

He is also the author of the new book Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up

The goal of the book, he says, focuses on “Reversing our isolation by coming to know the emotional patterns that keep us trapped in our own heads and learning how to be in relationship again.” 

In terms of isolation, many of us are in what Paley Ellison calls Zombieland. Walking down the street, staring at screens, afraid to talk with one another or to make eye contact. Intimacy, he says, is taking responsibility, both for how we think and how we stay in the present to fully see each other.

Listen to the whole episode to hear Rabbi Rami’s conversation with this dynamic leader and teacher.

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