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New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

70A Greenwich Avenue, #333New York, NY 10011Telephone: (212) 677-1087Website: www.zencare.orgContact: Koshin Paley EllisonE-mail: Koshin@zencare.org

Description of Organization

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care provides compassionate care to the sick and terminally ill to create a supportive, nurturing environment for people to consciously face their illness and/or end of life journey.

They do this through direct care partnerships with august healthcare partnerships in New York and beyond, through caregiver and pastoral training programs, and by actively advocating for contemplative care at the national level. NYZCCC does this work not only to relieve suffering but also to create a more courageous and harmonious world that provides compassionate care for all.

Grant(s) Awarded

In mid-2016, NYZCC received a grant for $15,000 to hire a consultant to further their mission.

On January 21, 2015, NYZCCC received a grant for $100,000 as part of the “Pay It Forward” Recoverable Grant Agreement.

On September 1, 2011, NYZCCC received a grant of $10,000 for general operating support to realize a multitude of organizational goals over the next year, including:

  • Complete ACPE accreditation for chaplaincy training
  • Establish more paid clinical partnerships
  • Develop and offer a Buddhist Studies Master in Divinity program in partnership with Union Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2012, enabling students to become board-certified chaplains.
  • Create a research study with Beth Israel’s Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine Department to determine the efficacy of our chaplains in the hospital.
  • Launch a teacher-training program.
  • Pilot workshops on self-care, grief, stress reduction and mindfulness at work.
  • Work with our current healthcare partners to expand our bereavement and grief support programs.
  • Address the critical need for a centralized training, gathering and administrative space.

On January 5, 2012, the Lenz Foundation agreed to an Addendum to the original grant for an additional $10,000 to support New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care's inaugural Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium on Palliative and End of Life Care, presented in partnership with The Garrison Institute, in Garrison, NY, from November 8-11, 2012.

The Symposium on Palliative and End of Life Contemplative Care is designed for like-minded individuals with interest in this growing field, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, hospice and palliative care teams. Unlike conferences held at large hotels, the retreat model, long a core part of Buddhist practice, will provide participants the opportunity to reflect, learn and experience a larger sense of community as the group practices and learns together. In medical settings people often lose a sense of connectedness, and this symposium will demonstrate what is possible in every hospice and palliative care department. CME and CEU credits will be available.

Up to 300 attendees are anticipated. The four-day program, from Thursday evening until Sunday noon, will include keynote addresses from leaders in the field, individual and group meditation, and break-out sessions across three tracks, based on Buddhism's "three jewels":

  • Self-Care for the Medical Professional/Caregiver ("Buddha"): The importance and practice of taking care of self, in order to most effectively heal others
  • Contemplative Care Technique and Theory ("Dharma'): Understanding the theory, practice and techniques of contemplative care and its Buddhist underpinnings
  • Contemplative Care In Your Community ("Sangha"): Incorporating contemplative care in the workplace, including community practices and meditation groups for staff, family and patients.

Results/UpdateThanks in large part to a generous grant of $10,000 from the Fredrick P. LenzFoundation for American Buddhism, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute presented the first Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium on Palliative and End of Life Care. The $10,000 grant from the Lenz Foundation went into the planning, marketing,content production and printing costs associated with the Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium. With over 200 attendees, comprised largely of chaplains, doctors, nurses and social workers, the symposium was a historic 4-day gathering of thought leaders in Palliative, Hospice and Contemplative Care. This groundbreaking symposium encouraged leading researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers. Participants shared contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice.

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