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The Healing We All Need

One year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the question of how we can offer care to those who suffer – without becoming overwhelmed and burning out ourselves – is fiercely relevant to us all. Lion’s Roar & the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care are honored to invite you to a free five-day online event: Love & Resilience: The Contemplative Care Summit.

Whether facing conflict in our relationships, working as health professionals, caring for an ill or dying family member, or we’re end-of-life care partners, how do we balance the enormous task of caring for another human being with our own wellbeing? How do we work with the fear that arises when we confront conflict, suffering, or death?

Contemplative care practices offer practical, grounding techniques for anyone facing the universal truths of suffering and impermanence, so we can offer the best of our love, foster connectedness and resilience, and transform the act of caring into a path of personal healing.

KOSHIN PALEY ELLISON, MFA, LMSW, DMIN

Co-Founder & Guiding Teacher, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

TRUDY GOODMAN, Ph.D

Founding Teacher at InsightLA and Cofounder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

MICHAEL HEBB

Founder of Death Over Dinner and EOL.community

SETH GODIN

Bestselling author and teacher

ALI SMITH

Co-founder, Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.

ANUSHKA FERNANDOPULLE

Dharma teacher, Insight Meditation tradition

CELESTE LECESNE

Actor, Writer, Co-Founder of The Trevor Project and The Future Perfect Project

V (FORMERLY EVE ENSLER)

Playwright and Founder of V-Day, One Billion Rising and Co-Founder City of Joy

SHOSHANA UNGERLEIDER, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician and Founder, endwellproject.org

ROSS GAY

Author of Be Holding, The Book of Delights, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

SEBENE SELASSIE

Teacher and author

JACK KORNFIELD, Ph.D

Founding Teacher of Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center

JASMINE HILL

Scholar on Racial Inequality, Stanford University

CYNTHIA CARTER PERRILLIAT, MPA

Co-founder / Executive Director, Alameda County Care Alliance

Over five days, you’ll engage with the wisdom and experience of 30+ experts: renowned meditation teachers, care professionals, and others with hard-won personal insights into love and resilience.

CHODO ROBERT CAMPBELL

Co-Founder & Guiding Teacher, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Co-hosted by Koshin Paley Ellison and Chodo Robert Campbell, founders of New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

Summit Co-host

Summit Co-host
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The Healing We All Need

Trudy Goodman

What the world needs is a revolution of tenderness.

Learn how the contemplative care approach to life – and death – can help us love fully, act wisely, and transform our hearts.

Your free registration includes a gift:

“Love & Loss in the Time of Covid-19”, an audio talk and guided practice with Koshin Paley Ellison and Chodo Robert Campbell.

The Contemplative Care Summit offers participants a precious opportunity to:

PHOTO CREDITS: (V) Troy Montenieri; (Ross Gay) Natasha Komodo; (Celeste Lecesne) Shervin Lainez

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZC) offers guidance for people interested in beginning meditation or continuing in their existing practice; we train people from all walks of life— including medical professionals, parents, lawyers, artists and bankers—in compassionate caregiving; we support people and their loved ones through serious illness and death, and assist family and friends during their grieving process. We also celebrate and honor many of life’s meaningful moments.

Since opening in 2007, our center has been a trailblazer in researching, testing and developing contemplative care methodologies. Today, New York Zen Center’s techniques are internationally recognized—and have touched the lives of tens of thousands of individuals.

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JUDY LIEF

Buddhist teacher; author, Making Friends With Death

JERRY COLONNA

CEO and co-founder, Reboot.io; author, Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

JAMES CREWS

Poet and editor

IRA BYOCK, MD

Palliative care physician, professor, author and public advocate

PAMELA AYO YETUNDE, Th.D

Co-founder, Center of the Heart

ANDRES GONZALEZ

Co-founder, Holistic Life Foundation

CAROLYN JACOBS, MSW, PHD

Dean Emerita Smith College School for Social Work and Spiritual Director

DAN HARRIS

ABC News; author, 10% Happier

BIANCA HARRIS, MD, MSc

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

DAWA TARCHIN PHILLIPS

Lama, Founder/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, President of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association

YOGETSU AKASAKA

Zen Buddhist monk and meditation-music creator

TIERAONA LOW DOG, MD

Founder and Director, Medicine Lodge Academy

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Poet and editor

FREDERIC FASANO

Cinematographer & filmmaker

ATMAN SMITH

Co-founder & Director of Development, Holistic Life Foundation Inc.

ISSHO FUJITA

Director, Soto Zen International Center

MARIE HOWE

NY State Poet Laureate, writer, mother, teacher

Now, I would say more than ever, is a time for us to be befriending illness.

Pamela Ayo Yetunde

Learn to recognize feelings of disconnection, distrust, and fear–and instead foster strength, intimacy, and tenderness in your relationships

Discover the rich sources of support you have within yourself and your communities to sustain and inspire you in the work of caring

Discover the compassion and gratitude that grief can awaken in your heart

Be present to your human mortality and fear with tenderness, love, and equanimity

Invite a sense of beauty and belonging into the universal experiences of illness and aging

Feel reinvigorated and refreshed with new energy, commitment, and compassion in your work

We all know the golden rule, whatever you put out comes back ten-fold. So always lead with love.

Atman Smith

30+ Presenters

5 Days

Free Online

MARCH 25-29
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5 days of transformative insights and practices 

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37 talks, meditations, and reflections 
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“Love & Loss in the Time of Covid-19”

An audio talk and guided practice with Koshin Paley Ellison and Chodo Robert Campbell.

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Koshin Paley Ellison

Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, shines a light on the importance of care and connection in a series of conversations with leading meditation teachers, healthcare practitioners, and partners who have incorporated contemplative care into all facets of their lives including Trudy Goodman & Jack Kornfield, Dan & Bianca Harris, Sebene Selassie & Frederic Fasano, V (formerly Eve Ensler) & Celeste Lescene – as well as his own partner in both life and work: Chodo Robert Campbell.

Death Over Dinner founder Michael Hebb offers advice and helpful prompts for having frank discussions about death and dying. Plus, gain practical insights into grief, uncertainty, and palliative care from Carolyn Jacobs, Judy Lief, Issho Fujita, and Shoshana Ungerleider.

How can the contemplative care approach improve our work lives? Explore perspectives on communication and conflict, resilience and boundaries, finding meaning and purpose, and handling failure, with presenters including Andres Gonzales, Ali Smith, and Atman Smith of Holistic Life Foundation, Jerry Colonna, Seth Godin, Anushka Fernandopulle, and Dawa Tarchin Phillips.

The Summit at a Glance

Contemplative care is really about learning to trust that …you just need to show up with your whole body and mind.

Ira Byock, Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cynthia and Jasmine Hill discuss topics such as how to befriend aging and illness, and look at the cumulative trauma of Black and Brown communities. Plus, author and physician Tieraona Low Dog shares how love and resilience have seen her through her own personal experience of loss and grief in 2020.

Ira Byock, Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cynthia and Jasmine Hill discuss topics such as how to befriend aging and illness, and look at the cumulative trauma of Black and Brown communities. Author and physician Tieraona Low Dog shares how love and resilience have seen her through her own experiences of loss and grief in 2020. Plus: Koshin Paley Ellison and Chodo Robert Campbell talk about their fourteen years as chaplains and care partners offering bereavement and spiritual support grounded by Buddhist teachings and practice.

A joyous call to open your arms to experience and feel a sense of belonging. Poets and writers such as Ross Gay, Naomi Shihab Nye, James Crews, Marie Howe offer poems and reflections on themes of love, loss, friendship, hope, and spirituality. Plus: a unique Zen musical performance by monk and YouTube sensation Yogetsu Akasaka.

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog

All life grieves. All life loves. All life wants connection.

In fear we isolate. In love we connect.

Dr. Ira Byock

Each and every day can be used to bring our work life onto the path of contemplation.

Dawa Tarchin Philllips

Illness and aging each loudly call us and our attention to impermanence.

Dr. Ira Byock

Even in dying we can redeem this world.

Jack Kornfield

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