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Koshin Paley Ellison is a chaplain in a hospice. (Photo by Loris Guzzetta)
Chaplains: Resilience and Retreat
December 14, 2018
During this stressful time of year, we revisit our chaplains series to learn resiliency from a Zen Buddhist monk and how mindfulness nourishes patients and doctors.
Koshin Paley Ellison (Photo by Loris Guzzetta)
The Zen Thing December 14, 2018
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 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.
(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)
Mindfulness in Medicine December 14, 2018
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.
Kate Braestrup tells her story before a live audience at The Moth. (Photo courtesy of The Moth)
The House of Mourning December 14, 2018
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

We also asked Koshin Paley Ellison to read a couple of 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.