Ep. 20 of The Road Home Podcast: Wholehearted with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison visits The Road Home Podcast for a conversation about taking a wholehearted approach to our dharma practice. Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. The first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at New York Theological Seminary. Learn more about Sensei Koshin and his offerings at zencare.org.  Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 19 of The Road Home Podcast: Say What You Mean with Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer visits the Road Home Podcast for a conversation about integrating our spiritual practices into how we communicate. Oren Jay Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ajahn Sucitto, and a graduate of the IMS – Spirit Rock Vipasanna Teacher Training. Learn more at orenjaysofer.com. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 18 of The Road Home Podcast: Peace in Schools with Caverly Morgan

Ethan Nichtern shares a conversation with Caverly Morgan about bringing mindfulness and meditation practices into the education system. Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary, blending the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools, a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools, and Presence Collective, a community dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery.  Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a visiting teacher at Open Circle, Dharma Rain Zen Center, the Science and Nonduality Conference, Insight Meditation of Seattle and Charlottesville, Against the Stream in San Francisco, MNDFL, Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, and the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care. You can find her upcoming events at caverlymorgan.org/-events. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more

Ep. 17 of The Road Home Podcast: Advice Not Given with Dr. Mark Epstein

This week on The Road Home Podcast, Ethan shares a conversation with Dr. Mark Epstein about the intersection of Western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology. Mark Epstein has paved the way for the cross-section of Western psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy in the West, writing a number of books including his seminal work, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart. Learn more at markepsteinmd.com. Advice Not Given Mark talks about the hesitation he originally felt in combining the wisdom of his Buddhist practice with his role as a psychotherapist. He shares the delicate balancing act a therapist performs trying to give their client the advice they need without getting in the way of the progress of therapy. “As a therapist you want to help, but the wanting to help is sometimes an obstacle or a hindrance for the therapy.” – Dr. Mark Epstein    Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 16 of The Road Home Podcast: Reconnecting Body and Mind with Dan Cayer

Ethan Nichtern is joined by teacher, writer and speaker Dan Cayer for a conversation about what is possible when we bring the body and mind into balance. After developing a chronic pain condition, Dan Cayer used to dial a phone with his nose. His return from illness and pain, and his journey of openness and kindness is the subject of his forthcoming book, Don’t Get Better. Trained as a meditation and Alexander Technique teacher, Dan regularly leads workshops, retreats, and private consultations in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Learn more about Dan and his offerings here: dancayerfluidmovement.com Reconnecting Body and Mind Dan shares his journey of bouncing back from a chronic condition that left him disabled and suffering. He describes how the combination of meditation and a process known as the Alexander Technique allowed his body to heal and be brought back into tune with his mind. “The Alexander Technique

Ep. 15 of The Road Home Podcast: David Nichtern

David Nichtern visits The Road Home Podcast for a conversation that explores the evolution of spiritual tradition, practicing in the modern era and balancing spiritual practice with our roles in life. David Nichtern was one of the original Western students of renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Nichtern has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), and Director of the Dharmadhatu Meditation Center in Los Angeles. He currently teaches workshops and teacher training programs around the world and mentors individual students in person and online. A four-time Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, David is also a highly-regarded composer, producer and guitarist. Nichtern has played/recorded with greats like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Jerry Garcia, and Krishna Das. Visit www.davidnichtern.com or facebook.com/davidnichternto learn more and keep up with David.   Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 14 of The Road Home Podcast: The Four Noble Truths of Love with Susan Piver

Ethan is joined by author and meditation teacher Susan Piver for a conversation about bringing the wisdom of Buddhist practice into our relationships. Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including her latest book The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. Piver has been a practicing Buddhist since 1995 and graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004. She is an internationally acclaimed meditation teacher, known for her ability to translate ancient practices into modern life. Her work has been featured on the Oprah show, TODAY, CNN, and in the New York Times. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Episode 4 of The Road Home Podcast: Gradual Awakening, Tantra and Psychodynamic Theory, McMindfulness and More

My dear friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Miles Neale joins me on the 4th episode of The Road Home podcast to discuss his wonderful new book, Gradual Awakening.

Stepping Down As “Shastri,” Staying For The Shambhala Community

[Note before reading: I continue to be in a mode of listening and learning. Since making my initial statement on June 29 (read here) about the revelations in the Shambhala community and allegations against Sakyong Mipham, I have tried to listen to insights and experience regarding the current state of the community from survivors, friends, mentors, colleagues and students as much as possible. I have been heartened by many of the steps taken by some local Shambhala centers in addressing the structures and culture which allowed these harms to repeat themselves. If you’d like an update on what the Shambhala Center of New York has done to address these issues, please look here . As we all attempt to move forward as a community, I have been asked two personal questions again and again. What follows is my attempt to answer these two. Both answers require some in-depth context. If

Reflections on Shambhala

(Note Before Reading: I have no intention to take attention away from the voices of those who have been harmed. Their voices are the most important. I wrote this with some hesitation. I wrote this because many friends have asked me to make a public statement and share thoughts about recent revelations. What’s below is offered to those who have expressed a desire to hear my thoughts. It is posted on my own website. I speak for no one but myself. If you choose to read it, please also listen directly to the perspectives and the requests of those who have been harmed.) You may know by now that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche sent a communication this past Monday in response to allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with students, and that Project Sunshine released a report yesterday with three anonymous first-hand accounts of sexual harm caused by him. The first outwardly