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Chaplains Part II: Contemplative Care
May 05, 2017
This week in our 'Chaplains' series, we tag along with a Zen Buddhist monk in New York City. Then, how mindfulness can nourish patients and doctors. 
​Courtesy of Wisdom Publications
The Zen Thing May 05, 2017
Koshin Paley Ellison is one of a small but growing number of chaplains in the United States who are Buddhists. In fact, Koshin is a Zen Buddhist monk. He works in hospice, and his goal is to take "the Zen thing" out into the world...and the change the very nature of caregiving itself. Produced by Will Coley and KalaLea. Music by LD Brown.

Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care

Zen in the City: Koshin jumps into a Manhattan cab.

Ronald Getter, a patient at the VNSNY Goodman Brown Hospice Residence in NYC.
Photos courtesy of Loris Guzzetta.

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care that Koshin founded with his husband, Robert Chodo Campbell, is the first ever Dharma-based organization to be accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Special thanks to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care and the Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health System.
Mindfulness in Medicine May 05, 2017
We speak to a palliative care physician and a Buddhist chaplain about contemplative care-- a mindful approach to the patient-caregiver relationship that could even be an antidote to empathy fatigue and doctor burnout.

Craig Blinderman, associate professor, director of Adult Palliative Care Service at Columbia University Medical Center

Tim Ford, fellow at the Transforming Chaplaincy project

This series is supported by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.
The House of Mourning May 05, 2017
Kate Braestrup is an unusual chaplain. She ministers to game wardens- people who come to the aid of hunters, fishermen, and hikers who've had mishaps in the wilderness. In this story, Braestrup tells the story of a young girl's unusual request, and how it lead her to believe that the bereaved should be trusted to see the body of their loved one.This story first aired on The Moth.

Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and author of Anchor and Flares

Kate's story is included in a new book by The Moth called All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown


Koshin Reads Two Poems May 05, 2017
We asked Koshin Paley Ellison to read a couple poems that have taken on special meaning for him in his work as a hospice chaplain. He shares with us "The Gate" and "The Last Time" by Marie Howe.