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

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

Bill Murray Gives Amazing Meditation Instruction!

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In my new book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, I use examples from not one, but two, Bill Murray movies: The often Buddhist-quoted Groundhog Day and the timeless Ghostbusters. (more…)

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."

Article on Tonglen Meditation in Shambhala Sun

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

Podcast: Career, Livelihood, and Dharma

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A new podcast lecture on Career, Dharma, and Right Livelihood by Ethan is up on Shambhala's podcast, "Meditation in The City." Apparently, people like it: Right livelihood podcast. Hit me right between the eyes. Thanks @ShambhalaNYC http://t.co/qrIUiPOwSO — Gerald Lee (@GEvolving) April 13, 2014

Fire Your Ninja Assassin

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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.

The Revolution Will Not Be Blonde

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The next cover for Time magazine is getting a lot of attention—and a ton of heat—from the mindfulness community. It is actually the second time that they have run a cover about meditation with a beautiful blond Caucasian woman on the cover. The first was Heather Graham in 2003. I must admit that my biggest personal bias against Heather will always be her performance in Twin Peaks, not her Time cover. (more…)