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Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Renowned Buddhist Teacher, Psychotherapist and “Modern Monk” Translates Buddhist Teachings of Personal Growth and Inspiration and Applies Them as a Practice in Wholehearted Living 

New York, NY—June 5, 2019—The relentless barrage of unlimited information is becoming more of a psychological and even physical burden for countless millions of people, resulting in a near pandemic of loneliness, anxiety and isolation. In his second book, Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison addresses common distractions, beliefs and habitual patterns, providing a way through stress, disengagement, anger  and feeling unloved. Wholehearted, published by Wisdom Publications, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is currently available for pre-order and will be in stores and at major online booksellers on June 18, 2019.

Informed by more than three decades of formal Zen and psychotherapeutic training and practice, Wholehearted brings Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison’s spiritual and clinical expertise into a readily accessible blend of insight and easily actionable guidance. The book provides strategies for identifying and exploring behaviors that often create unconscious barriers to personal confidence and interaction with others. Drawing from life experience, Sensei Koshin examines ways to clarify paths of confusion and lack of trust and to reverse them into more affirming, trusting connections with one’s self and others. Taking a remarkably fresh approach, Sensei Koshin brings time-honored Buddhist wisdom to how we live our lives, teaching us how to close the gaps we create between ourselves and others, and to wake up to the world around us in doable, wholehearted and positive ways.

“Living one’s best life solves so many challenges and obstacles we feel in a sometimes isolating world,” says Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up, and Co-Founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. “Imagine how many people walking beside you on a given day are desperately hungry for connection. Each of us has an enormous capacity for love — a deep well of attention and care that we can offer to ourselves and others. Wholehearted is my personal invitation to explore a path back to your own heart and to get in touch with your own values so you can live energetically, authentically and lovingly.”

Wholehearted was designed to encourage daily contemplation and inspiration as readers embark on a journey of self-discovery and exploration of what it means to live life with intention by slowing down, helping others and waking up to our interconnectedness. The Sensei’s sharp, witty and intimate accounts of his own struggles and lessons learned in a family that was profoundly affected by the Holocaust, are a reminder that our daily practices and the choices we make at any given moment can help us lead more fulfilling, contributive and whole lives.

Advance praise for Wholehearted includes commendations from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Donna Karan, fashion designer and founder of the Urban Zen Foundation, Anthony Edwards, Golden Globe-winning Actor and Director, Laurie Anderson, avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director and many others—including His Holiness, the 17th Karmpa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje of Tibet.

Wholehearted is available for pre-order on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, BAM and Indie Reads. For more information visit:

Wholehearted, written by Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Wisdom Publications; June 18, 2019; Trade Paper; $11.95

ISBN: 978-1-61429-525-9

About Koshin Paley Ellison: 

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is a best-selling author/editor and nationally recognized spiritual teacher and psychotherapist. Widely acclaimed for his guidance in helping people understand and apply time-tested Buddhist teachings as simple strategies for living in today’s chaotic world, Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original and visionary leader, teacher and speaker. He is a co-founder (with his husband, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell) of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) clinical chaplaincy training in America. Through the Zen Center they have educated more than 800 physicians and their students have cared for more than 100,000 people facing the vulnerabilities of aging, illness and dying.

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison has been featured in The New York Times, on PBS, in Tricycle Magazine and other esteemed media outlets, and is a frequent speaker on subjects related to living a wholehearted life in contemporary times.

About Wisdom Publications: 

Wisdom Publications is the leading publisher of books, podcasts, and online courses on contemporary and classic Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation. Wisdom is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to cultivating writers and teachers the world over, advancing critical scholarship, preserving and sharing the literary culture of various contemplative traditions and helping people find and engage with the teachers, teachings, and practices for a wise and compassionate life.

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