New Free Podcast Via Shambhala: Dharma Art, Creativity and the Path of Meditation

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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  Check out Ethan’s new lecture on the Shambhala NYC Podcast, “Creativity and the Path of Meditation.” Ethan says about this one “I took my best shot at  describing a topic very close to my heart, and I think, very close to a lot of our hearts.”





Mindful Speech in the Internet Era

Posted: November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

mindful internet, you suckIsn’t it amazing how mean and nasty people can sometimes be when commenting on the Internet and social media?

The Buddhist tradition has many teachings about expressing ourselves skillfully and mindfully. I think these guidelines need to be updated for the Internet era. One of the big problems is anonymity, or at least, perceived anonymity, which isn’t . If we don’t think we will ever have any personal contact with the person we are leaving a comment for, then we feel more free to be nasty.

The simplest guidelines for mindful speech in the Internet era are (you can study traditional guidelines for mindful speech as well):

1) Would I say this to this person if I considered them a close friend and was looking to maintain a good relationship with them? 

2) Would I say this to this person if they were standing right in front of me and could respond?

3) Would I say this to them in person if a large crowd of people were gathered around, watching our conversation?

4) Would I say this if there was going to be a permanent and public record of what I said? (because there is)

These, and others, are very good questions to ask before we press enter.

Take it away, Stewie Griffin.


Only 60 Copies of Your Emoticons Wont Save You Left! Order or email me soon to get one!

Posted: November 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


(Updated Tues Nov 18)

Hey friends, I only have 60 or so  copies left of Your Emoticons Won’t Save You- the Kindle version is also gone now. We won’t be printing any more copies, because the novella inside is going to be repackaged in the future with a follow-up novella (sans poetry collection), but I’d love to get you a copy (they’re really physically beautiful little books) if you want one. It was always a labor of love and I’m happy to share with anyone who wants one. Here’s the order page on my website but I can also just give you one the next time I see you, if you reserve one. Let us know if you want one and we’ll get it to you. You can also get a signed copy of One City at the same link.



Free Podcast Lecture: Fear is Your Best Frenemy via Shambhala Podcast

Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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   Check out Ethan’s new lecture on the Shambhala NYC Podcast, “Fear is Your Best Frenemy.” Enjoy!


What is Tantra? New Podcast

Posted: August 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

meditation_cityVia Shambhala NYC here is a lecture entitled “What is Tantra?” on the Meditation in the City Podcast.


Article on Tonglen Meditation in Shambhala Sun

Posted: May 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Tonglen meditation pdf, Tonglen, Meditation PDFFriends, here is the article in pdf form on Tonglen meditation (compassion meditation) I contributed for the July 2014 issue of Shambhala Sun Magazine. Enjoy!


Teaching Sara Haines of ABC News about Meditation

Posted: May 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sara Haines, ABC news, mindfulness meditation, Dan Harris, 10% happier, Sharon Salzberg, Space InvadersI had a fun time teaching Sara Haines of ABC News a little bit about mindfulness meditation this week. She was a good student, a fan of books by Pema Chodron and Matthieu Ricard. I made a comment about thoughts being like space invaders and they superimposed space invaders over us. The magic of television. Click the picture for the video and audio. The segment also features the very cool Dan Harris, ABC anchor, author of 10% Happier, and student of the amazing Sharon Salzberg.

Check it out.


Podcast: Career, Livelihood, and Dharma

Posted: April 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

A new podcast lecture on Career, Dharma, and Right Livelihood by Ethan is up on Shambhala’s podcast, “Meditation in The City.”

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Fire Your Ninja Assassin

Posted: April 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Dharma, ninja, ethan nichtern, dealing with emotions, online Buddhism, Despite all of the teachings to the contrary, it still seems like most of us, even those of us with committed Dharma practices, still fall into the trap of trying to avoid, dissolve or destroy difficult emotions. It’s not so much that we want to go to war with our own thoughts and emotions, it’s more like we want to hire a ninja assassin to take our difficult thoughts in the middle of the night, to quietly slit the throat of our feelings when no one is watching.

Keeping the impossibility of destroying any thoughts or emotions well in mind, I’m really looking forward to discussing Buddhist approaches to working with major emotions: Fear and Anxiety, Desire, Anger, Grief and Sadness, Pride and Arrogance over the next six weeks in the Dealing with Emotions course.

I hope you can join, it’s always a great group whether we meet online or in person tonight 7pm in the East Village.

Either way, my thought for this week is that if you sit down to meditate, Try to notice the stealth ways that you attempt to destroy your thoughts and emotions or make them go away. When you notice it, I encourage you to fire your ninja assassin, or at least give him the morning off.



Vogue Magazine Meditation Story

Posted: April 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

sally singer, vogue meditation, vogue, kimye, buddhism, ethan nichtern, slavoj zizekSeveral months back I gave a few meditation lessons to Vogue magazine editor Sally Singer. No, it’s not in the Kimye issue, I just can’t get enough of that couple. :)

Sally wrote an article about her meditation practice and our conversations about Buddhism in the modern world for She compared me to both Paul Auster and Paul Rudd. I’ll take it.

While the visual that shows for the online article is a little, well…hmmm…, Sally was a very serious student and journalist and it was a total pleasure to work with her. Check out the article and let me know what you think.

The so-called “mindful revolution” continues…