<em>”[Ethan is] a supercool, deeply kind brainiac—imagine a very chilled-out blend of Pauls Auster and Rudd—who is also to-the-cushion born.” -Sally Singer, Vogue.com</em>
Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. At 36, he is currently the youngest empowered Senior Teacher in the global Shambhala community. He is is the author of the acclaimed dharma book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), the forthcoming The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, January 2015) and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You (Nieto Books, 2012). He is also the founder of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts.
For the past 13 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and the United States. He primarily studies in the Shambhala tradition under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also an avid yoga practitioner.
He was formerly on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and has lectured at Brown, Wesleyan, Yale, NYU, FIT, and other universities, and as well as at many Shambhala and other meditation/yoga centers and conferences around the country and world.
Ethan has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, and Vogue.com to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.