Zen teacher talks finding peace in unsettling times

Koshin Paley Ellison joined CultureShift to discuss his life’s work as a monk, psychotherapist and author.

two hands reaching out to one another

It seems like in 2023, it can be more difficult than ever to find inner stability in such an unstable world. It’s a search that Koshin Paley Ellison has devoted his life to and to helping others find their path.

Ellison is a Zen teacher and monk, a Jungian psychotherapist and the co-founder alongside his husband of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Ellison is also author of the new book, “Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion.”

He spoke with CultureShift about finding peace in unsettling times and the real meaning of “being Zen.”

“It’s really important to realize that we’re in ‘human time.’ [The challenge] is to see ‘the other’ as ourselves… Most of us know what we value, what we don’t value, but what I see is that most people’s lives and activity have very little to do with what they actually care about. That tension of learning who we are and what we care about and bringing those things together is really important.” — Zen teacher Koshin Paley Ellison

This segment originally aired December 2022.

Support the shows you love.

WDET’s unique music programs are dedicated to exploring the music and culture of our region and the world.

Keep the culture going. Please make a gift today.

Give now »


  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.