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Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, cofounded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America, which delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC's education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School's Center for Integrative Medicine's Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a visiting professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School.

Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. More than 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. Koshin is a popular keynote speaker for national conferences, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, and others. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and in numerous print publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is the author of chapters in Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience (Routledge, 2009) as well as in The Arts of Contemplative Care (Wisdom Publications, 2012). He is a Soto Zen Teacher, ACPE supervisor, and Jungian psychotherapist.
Matt Weingast, MFA began his first experiences with meditation when he was twenty. After serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana, Matt traveled for a few years in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Thailand, and India. He studied and taught at UMass-Amherst, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. He currently lives at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, where he continues to work, study, and practice. After taking care of a dear friend at the end of his life, Matt experienced the depth of connection between meditation practice and caregiving.

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"The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Awake at the Bedside supports this development of love and compassion."--His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Profoundly moving, inspiring and helpful, Awake at the Bedside is a real treasure."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart
"Moving and informative--this is a much-needed book! Put into practice, the wisdom of Awake at the Bedside could transform end-of-life care in America."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
"Awake at the Bedside brings together an extraordinary group of teachers who share their wisdom and insights into the great issue of our lives: how to understand the dying process in a way that allows for grace and peace."--Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
"Weaving together the wisdom of ancient traditions and the experience of those in the caring professions today, Awake at the Bedside is a deeply moving, poetic and practical guide to those caring for and the dying."--Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism

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