Buddhism & Mindfulness Teachers

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Pamela Patton

Director of Congregational Ministries

Pamela leads our Buddhism and Mindfulness program at All Souls. She is also the leader of congregational ministries, and she coordinates the volunteers who provide our lay pastoral care. Pamela is both a Unitarian Universalist and a Buddhist, and founded the Buddhism and Mindfulness program at All Souls. She leads guided meditations and book discussions related to Buddhism, and she invites teachers to All Souls who speak on topics such as Engaged Buddhism.

Pamela’s sermons related to Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation

Harry Miller

Harry is a member of All Souls who has studied Buddhist meditation for 45 years and leads a drop-in Dharma study group in our Buddhism & Mindfulness program.  Harry was a student of the renowned Zen teacher, Chan Master Sheng-yen, for 30 years. He is a docent at the Rubin Museum in Chelsea, where he also leads Dharma study groups.  He teaches meditation and philosophy at the Chan Meditation Center in Queens, and  edited the Chan Newsletter for 10 years. Harry was awarded an NEA grant for Chinese translation, and holds a BA in French and English literature from Sarah Lawrence and an MA in Chinese Literature from Columbia University. 

 Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn Jackson identifies as a Unitarian Universalist and a Buddhist in the Insight tradition. A member of All Souls since 1994, she has been part of its sangha since its inception and a Certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher since 2021. Professionally, she is a writer and editor and worked in politics, news, and non-fiction for young people. She was a co-author of the book All Souls at 200 and editor of the electronic All Souls Beacon.

Emma Markham

Emma Markham is currently a Master of Divinity in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement candidate at Union Theological Seminary. She has been formally practicing Buddhism for 10 years and has been meditating for 20. She is currently completing a capstone research project related to Buddhism and sexuality and is completing her second unit of CPE in hospice chaplaincy. Emma has led meditation groups at the Church Center for the UN, NY State Mentoring, and other organizations since 2019. Emma is a classical guitarist and worked in nonprofit operations before returning to school to pursue interfaith chaplaincy.

Jon Aaron

Jon Aaron’s Dharma home is New York Insight Meditation Center, where he teaches Buddhism and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. He is also the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Havurah at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. His training has been mainly grounded in the Theravāda tradition, in addition to non-dual and Mahayana approaches. His teacher is Matthew Flickstein. More recently he has been training with Kittisaro and Thanissara. Jon also studied contemplative care at the Zen Center for Contemplative Care and completed the Integrated Study and Practice program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Jon Aaron has taught more than 100 cycles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and is a Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer. As a Somatic Experience Practitioner®, he has a particular interest in somatic approaches and healing trauma. You can find Jon in weekly conversation with his friend Doug Smith over on the Diggin the Dharma podcast. JonAaron.net, Space2Meditate.com

Laura Cohen

Laura Cohen is a student at Union Theological Seminary studying Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement. She practices Zen Buddhism and has recently been exploring the vocation of chaplaincy. She is excited to be here at All Souls this year serving the Buddhism and Mindfulness community.

Peggy Kampmeier

Peggy Kampmeier is a member of All Souls Church and has attended Pamela’s Buddhism and Mindfulness sessions since April of 2020. As a professional musician, Peggy is active as both a performer and an educator. For many years, she has included meditation as part of her performance practice. Peggy lives in Manhattan and enjoys walking with friends, reading about Polar exploration, spending time with family, and generally remaining curious about almost everything

Pilar Jennings

Pilar is a psychoanalyst in private practice with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. She has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, a guest lecturer at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.  In our Buddhism & Mindfulness program, she has taught several short courses, including “Working with Difficult Emotions – A Buddhist and Psychotherapeutic Approach,” which explored a range of emotions from a spiritual and clinical perspective.  More recently she taught “How To Be in Relationship.” Her website is drpilarjennings.com

Robert Lyster

Throughout his life, Bob has found the spiritual journey enormously fulfilling. Guided by his years of training in mysticism, he has actively participated in a number of the world’s major religions as well as engaged with countless spiritual philosophy and growth programs. A career Wall Streeter, Bob has retired to a peaceful country setting and has found the spiritual side of life even more fascinating, dynamic, and joyful. As a meditator for half a century, his participation in the Buddhism & Mindfulness program has brought a new expansiveness to his practice. Bob holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia.

Wiley Saichek

An independent book publicist by profession, Wiley Saichek has been a member of All Souls NYC since 2006 and has been studying Buddhism at All Souls and Shantideva Center since 2018. He currently lives in Brooklyn and enjoys reading, dining out, music, and TV dramas. In addition to leading a Community Meditation session, he currently advises on publicity and helps manage the Buddhism & Mindfulness social media channels.

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