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!

A Buddhist View on Kalief Browder, and McKinney, Texas

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I came home from a wonderful stretch discussing The Road Home in Colorado and Texas to read the story of Kalief Browder's suicide and to watch a hard-to-stomach video of a white police officer going absolutely bonkers (not in a good way) on African American children at a pool party in Mckinney, Texas. Since I was in Texas when it occurred, and because the incident involved the nostalgic memory of kids at a summertime pool party, the latter struck me even more closely, somehow. Both stories demonstrate the deeply institionalized racism of our society and legal systems. We can see some of Kalief Browder's treatment here (held for three years at Riker's Island without any charge of a crime, mostly in solitary confinement, later to commit suicide), and we can also watch how an officer engages in insanely transparent racism against a group of unarmed kids. But we can also develop compassion,

Free Audible.com Download of The Road Home – Just Answer This Question…

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Update! We got more responses than we have downloads within 10 minutes of posting this! Sorry we don't have any more download codes, but please check out the book and feel free to share your answer if you want to be in next week's blog post that we are creating. Not only is The Road Home available in hardcover and in all e-book formats, it is also available as an Audiobook from Audible.com. Because both James Earl Jones and Judi Dench were unavailable that week, I had to narrate the book myself. :) The folks at Audible.com have given me a few free downloads of the audio book.  I would like to pass three of them onto you. Please just email us at info@ethannichtern.com. Send a paragraph, a poem, or an image that describes the relationship between your meditation practice and your concept of "HOME." Any entries (short and sweet is best,

My Interview with Novelist Ruth Ozeki on the Interdependence Project Podcast

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This year, I will be having more conversations with incredible people for the Interdependence Project podcast at the intersection of mindfulness practice, dharma, and modern life. Recently, I was able to have an amazing interview with bestselling novelist and zen priest Ruth Ozeki. The iTunes podcast link is here and the website link is here. Her novels  A Tale for the Time Being, My Year of Meats, and All Over Creation have won major awards and moved a huge group of people, myself included. I was able to sit down with her at IDP in the East Village for a truly great dialogue on writing, meditation, the internet era, the nature of time, magical realism and cyber-bullying, among many other things. For folks in the NY area, Ruth will be teaching a daylong writing retreat at Brooklyn Zen on Sunday, April 26. I'm sure, from spending time with her, that that

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

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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." Enjoy!

Mindful Speech in the Internet Era

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The Buddhist tradition has many teachings about expressing ourselves skillfully and mindfully. I think these guidelines need to be updated for the Internet era.

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

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Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala NYC Podcast, "Fear is Your Best Frenemy."

Snow Day! Using 2014 to Deepen Your Practice

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I recorded a little YouTube video message on this snow day in NYC. I'm feeling optimistic about 2014. Hope you are too. Please be in touch if you have questions about deepening your practice and study of meditation. Links to the programs I referred to in the video are here: -"Finding Your Path" Online Course - Begins January 13 -IDP 2014 Yearlong Immersion and Instructor Training Program - January 15 Application Deadline (Program Starts Feb 21) -Shambhala Training Retreat with Ethan and David Nichtern January 24-26 -Retreat in Vermont with Ethan and Acharya Suzann Duquette March 6-20  

Matt Damon, Civil Disobedience, Declaration of Interdependence

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Actor and progressive activist Matt Damon is calling for a Declaration of Interdependence as he quotes Howard Zinn on civil disobedience, as a rejection of a topsy-turvy world hierarchy. Three or four people have sent this video to me this morning. Check it out below. I don't agree with everything Zinn or Damon feel about the rule of law being a problem, or his stark separation of the People from the State (that separation between leaders and the people is not quite the true meaning of the word interdependence), but it is great to hear such a celebrity using the word interdependence in his political discourse. Of course, to me the interesting thing is not just the outer idea of interdependence in politics, ecology, culture, or life. We also must look at the contemplative imperative to understand how individuals can actually cultivates our awareness to live in touch with the

I’m So Excited About The Sakyong’s Visit I Made A Youtube Video.

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No, but seriously... Follow on