Buddhist Literary Critic: My Favorite Books of 2015

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What an amazing year it has been, for myself as both a writer and reader. I never expected that The Road Home would make best-of-the-year book lists, but it made two of them. Crazy. I wanted to return the favor and share five of my favorite books of the year, including an honorable mention to a  few books I read this year that were actually published in 2014 or 2013 (because I'm slow, sometimes).  Favorite Books of 2015: (more…)

New Free Podcast Via Shambhala’s Meditation in The City: Self(Less) Promotion

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Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, Self(less) Promotion." How does a person who believes in "egolessness" and the traps of self absorption find a way to mindfully promote his or her "self," to find voice in an egocentric world and find a way to promote good work he/she/they are doing? For anyone living in the world in 2015 and studying meditation, this is a key question. Check out what Ethan has to say about that, drawing on his book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and lots of ancient and not so ancient wisdom and thoughts on the matter.  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!    

New Free Podcast of Ethan Teaching Via Shambhala: Family Karma

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  Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, Dealing with Family Karma." Family is the hardest practice, isn't it? Check out what Ethan has to say about that, drawing on his book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and lots of ancient and not so ancient wisdom and thoughts on the matter.  This Shambhala podcast has lots of great teachers and lectures on it, so you probably just subscribe via iTunes.  Enjoy!    

The Dharma of Dollars: An Interview with Reuters for Time.com

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A few days ago, I was interviewed by Chris Taylor of Reuters on "the Dharma of Money." The interview was picked up by Time. Here is the link to the interview. It was an interesting conversation, especially with the stock markets of the world whipsawing wildly these past weeks. I am increasingly interested in what traditions of contemplation and mindfulness have to say about how we place value on experiences, objects, and especially how we place value upon people, and how different people can be worth such incredibly different amounts of money. I would've liked to take the conversation much deeper, but at very least I think it's a conversation that spiritual people should dive into fully, never shying away from. After all, money is the energy that rules our world. Let's talk about it, and if someone says it's an inappropriate conversation, tell them you respectfully disagree. (this is a picture

The Road Home Named One of “10 Healthy Living Books To Read This Summer” By Vogue UK, Plus NY Times Article!

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All, The Road Home was just given a major shout-out by Vogue UK as one of "10 Healthy Living Books To Read This Summer." You can check out the article at the above link. Above are the book cover as it appears in North America (left) and as it appears in the UK (right). Also, in case you missed it, Ethan and his father David were recently featured in a NY Times article called "A Father And Son Embrace Meditation." That's all the good news for now.

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,

Are Millenials Really So Self-Obsessed? The Road Home Interviews in Vice, Business Insider and More

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It was quite an amazing first week for #TheRoadHome. We are already hearing from many folks who are loving the book. If you haven't gotten a copy, you can follow this link to order The Road Home as a hardcover, ebook, or audible download. A click the title above for a rundown of interviews from the first week of publication.

The Road Home Release Party Photos

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So that was...um...a great launch for The Road Home.  #understatement I had to take shelter on Dan Harris' shoulder it was so overwhelming. I was totally blown away last night by how awesomely supportive everyone was. Thank you to each and every one of the 275 people who came to the release party at abc home. Thanks so much to abc home, thanks to my family,Thanks to Sharon Salzberg and Dan Harris, and thanks to all the folks who worked on the book at FSG and Lisa Weinert Consulting! It was so amazing. Just a few photos by photographer John Hutchison are below. And please let me know what you think of the book!

Ethan Nichtern Interviews Dan Harris, Author of 10% Happier and ABC News Anchor, For The IDP 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 author and ABC News Anchor Dan Harris. Part one of The iTunes podcast link is here and the website link is here. You should just go ahead and subscribe to the podcast. :) Dan's book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works is a hilarious and moving memoir of one skeptic's journey to mindfulness, and is among the best books I've read for cynics about dharma and meditation. I was able to sit down with Dan at IDP in the East Village a few months ago for a truly great dialogue on meditation, panic attacks, the mindfulness movement, and secular Buddhism. It was a really wonderful conversation. Please