Podcast: Ethan on 10% Happier with Dan Harris to Discuss The Dharma of The Princess Bride

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[caption id="attachment_1695" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dan Harris, Ethan Nichtern and The Dharma of The Princess Bride[/caption] So awesome to be on Dan Harris' podcast to discuss the myths we make about relationship, pop culture, Buddhism and meditation in the modern world, and of course, The Dharma of The Princess Bride. Download at this link! And the meditation  skeptic in your should read Dan's book 10% Happier! Remember to pre-order the new book if you like the podcast! Thanks! It will be everywhere Sep 12. Release party in NYC September 19. Get tickets here!

The Dharma of Relationships on the Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast!

It was such an honor to be a guest on the amazing Duncan Trussell's podcast to discuss my new book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairytale of our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships. It was also great to discuss relationships, awakening, gurus, and whether or not you can really become enlightened without leaving the world behind. Listen here, and please remember to pre-order the new book which will be out on September 12 everywhere!

New Podcast: No Such Thing As A Relationship Expert

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Check out Ethan’s new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, No Such Thing As A Relationship Expert” Here's A Quote from Ethan's new book, which you can pre-order now: That’s right, nobody is a relationship expert. Let me be clear: Of course, certain professionals have extensive psy- chological training to help others with their relationships. I am not claiming that this training is in any way invalid. Seeking relationship guidance from a third party with the skills to help can be one of the smartest and most humbling things we ever do. But the only way to progress with relationships is to connect with our longing to know ourselves more deeply, and to extend that longing to know- ing others as well. By de nition, no single person can be an expert at relationships. Every relationship is a collabora- tion between (at least) two people, and an expert is one lone person.

New Podcast: How Can Buddhists Deal With Wealth?

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  Check out Ethan’s new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, How Can Buddhists Deal With Wealth?” How do value ourselves and others properly, while living in a world of such inequality, poverty? How do we come to see the whole world as gold? Remember to check out the award-winning book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path if you haven’t already. Ethan's next book - The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships is available for preorder, and in bookstores everywhere (hardcover, ebook and audiobook) September 12! This Shambhala podcast has lots of great teachers and lectures on it (Ethan is featured about once every three or four episodes), so you probably just subscribe via iTunes. Enjoy!

On Listening As A Practice in The Brave New World

(Man standing with sign in front of a Mosque in Texas.) So much recently about "listening," especially related to something called "bubbles." A few thoughts from my Buddhist practice (you can also check out Chapter 6 of The Road Home if you want more in-depth ideas):   1) Listening is always a great practice, but it can *only* be done with another person who also wants to listen to you in return.   2) Listening is a shared practice based on good intentions on both sides. You are not required to listen to anyone in the current moment, especially if it becomes clear that they are not speaking with good intentions, or are not willing to listen in return, or are deliberately presenting misinformation.   3) You get to decide who you want to practice with. You could try to listen to everyone (eventually), but it's probably asking too much to start with

7-Point Practice Plan for Engaged Mindfulness in 2017

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2016 saw the death of many special people. It also saw the death of many misguided ideas, including the obliteration of my own misguided view that my practice of meditation and Buddhism can happen without full and complete engagement with modern society. I came up with a 7-point practice plan for myself. If any of this is useful to you, please make use of it. If not, then at the very least, don’t fall into the trap of thinking your practice is an escape from the world. There is no escape from the world. Whatever happens to human society in the coming years, we are all in this together. The first three practices have to do with personal work. The final four have to do with participation in community and society. (friends meditating at Zuccotti Park in 2011, credit unknown) 1) Be Stubborn About Taking Care of Your Body: In times

Defining Home in 140 Characters or Less: The Road Home in Paperback!

With The Road Home just out in paperback, we asked people to define "Home" in tweet-able sized portions. We quickly ran out of paperbacks to give away, but you can order them from wherever books are sold, or by following this link. There were a lot of profound answers, not many with a sense of humor, but that's ok. Here are just a few of the responses we received: "Feet find ground, heart space flourishes, popcorn." -Lisa, New York "When you can't hold on any more, when you've white-knuckled it for far too long, letting go feels like coming home." -Shannon, Illinois "The place we keep returning to." -Frank, Dublin, Ireland  "It's not where you live but how you choose to live!" Cecilia, New Hampshire "Home is the right attitude that you hold in your heart, not an actual place found on a map." -Deborah, New York "A hearth of the heart - where each

Thank You, Bernie.

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It seems exceedingly clear that Hillary Clinton will end up being the best choice for President. Congratulations to all my friends who said ‪#‎ImWithHer‬. I strongly disagree with my friends who voted for Bernie (or tried to vote for Bernie, in my case in the NYC voter disaster) but are questioning whether or not to vote for Hillary in the general election. For me, the skillful means of supporting her right now feels very clear. I think there is a good chance she will make an excellent president. However, just FYI and BTW, I'm also going to support a thousand more Bernies in the future, and not just in politics, but in art, in dharma, in my colleagues and friends, everywhere. Hopefully many of these Bernies will be less white, less male, and a bit more able to follow their breath, but they are the only ones who can really speak through the

True Love And RomComs – Buddhism and The Dance of Desire: New Free Podcast

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Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, True Love and RomComs." How does meditation, and the dharma, help us dance with the intensity of love and relationships? Remember to check out the award-winning book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path if you haven't already. This Shambhala podcast has lots of great teachers and lectures on it (Ethan is featured about once every three or four episodes), so you probably just subscribe via iTunes. Enjoy!    

Buddha With A Smartphone: New Free Podcast and Interview

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Ethan talked about mindfulness and the modern era via usage of our smartphones in two separate venues recently. First Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, Buddha with a SmartPhone." How does a person work mindfully with technology? He also did a recent interview with Tech Insider about a similar topic. Check that out here. In his book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path Ethan uses lots of ancient and not so ancient wisdom and thoughts on the matter of technology.  This Shambhala podcast has lots of great teachers and lectures on it (Ethan is featured about once every four episodes), so you probably just subscribe via iTunes.  Enjoy!