SSG016 Vulnerability, Stillness, and Intimacy with Death with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison


For episode number 16, we are joined by Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, a jungian psychotherapist, recognized teacher in the Soto Zen lineage of the White Plum Asanga, and the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at the New York Theological Seminary.  Koshin is the cofounder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited  clinical chaplaincy training in America, and the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care.

In this episode we explore:

• Dignity amidst being treated poorly

• Listening with every cell of your body

• Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen buddhism, and his female teacher Prajnatara, and other explorations of the feminine wisdom that lies at the intersection of Buddhism and Tantra, and how like most lineages, it comes down to a practice of how to be in relationship. 

To learn more about Koshin and The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, please visit

Books Mentioned:

Awake at the Bedside by Koshin Paley Ellsion and Matt Weingast

In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler

Music Credit:

The Heart Sutra