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
I had so much fun speaking at the Monthly Dharma Gathering which is part of my dear friend Susan Piver's vibrant online community the Open Heart Project. The talk was a sneak preview at some of the ideas from my new book The Road Home (t-19 days until release, here's the preorder info). Susan and I are teaching together in Boston May 8 and 9 at the Shambhala Center. Check it out! In other news, a tiny handful of tickets were just added to the previously sold out The Road Home release event at ABC home in NYC on Tuesday April 21. Grab them quick if you want to come party and hear the wisdom of Sharon Salzberg and Dan Harris! Check out the talk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HwGjwEmPXI
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!
Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala NYC Podcast, "Fear is Your Best Frenemy."
A new podcast of a talk Ethan gave entitled "Meditators Make Better Lovers" is available both on the iTunes podcast and the Shambhala NYC website. The talk is a few years old but we especially like this one about love relationships and heartbreak. Enjoy!
The idea of a meditation retreat freaks people out in the best possible way. An in-depth meditation retreat, something longer than just a weekend, is almost always a worthwhile and transformative experience, both for our relationship to meditation practice and for our life in general. We build confidence in our own mind, and clarify our intention for moving forward along our path in life.In less than a month, I will be co-leading my only in-depth meditation retreat of 2014. I can't wait. I notice, that as I talk to students and friends about their practice, people often meet the prospect of a longer retreat, say a week of mostly silent practice, with both inspiration and trepidation. Sometimes their resistance is palpable. But slowing down and getting away like this, and also building trust that we can actually handle our mind during long periods of practice, is an invaluable experience. I
Here are four very simple tips for turning your dabbling, on and off, casual, swinging, it-loves-me-it-loves-me-not relationship with meditation into a daily practice that actually helps you. I will be talking about a similar topic tomorrow night at the Shambhala Center of New York. Hope to see New Yorkers there. It's supposed to be cold, but not as cold as it is in the Midwest right now! (more…)
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
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram) Let's face it, sometimes the holidays just…suck. Maybe that's not the most Buddhist way of saying it, but it is how it feels. Even more than in past years, friends and students are reporting feeling stress and foreboding right now. To be honest, I’m feeling a sense of burden and anxiety, too, that strange feeling when there’s too much to do and not any clear sense of intention behind the doing of it. This holiday season has given me reason to pause and think about what really matters. And guess what, it's neither black Friday nor cyber Monday. (more…)
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