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David Nichtern

How To Meditate Through Strong Emotions

David Nichtern | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

It is not recommended to use meditation as a way of repressing our emotions by forcibly silencing them in order to achieve a superficially imposed sense of peace and quiet.

Raising Power And Energy To Meet The Challenge Of Living

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Maybe we can mix some of the wisdom our ancient cultures with our unprecedented modern knowledge and create the ground for happiness and fulfillment in our lives.

Recovering The Joy In Your Life

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Where has our joy gone? I have come to feel lately that joy is an expression of our own truest nature.

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Developing Empathy For Others

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Full-blown empathy is when you can feel another person's walk, their energy, their breath, their anxiety, their wisdom, their suffering, their confusion, their brilliance, their hopes and fears.

Death, Impermanence And Continuity

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

At the intellectual level everybody knows we are going to die, but what does death really mean? One interpretation is that we suffer because we do not understand or fully relate to impermanence.

Becoming a 'Poet of Uncertainty'

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Life is marked by impermanence and change. When we become a poet of uncertainty we are developing the art of moving with the dance of life and learning how to be creative within that movement.

'Slow Enlightenment' in a Quick Fix Culture

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

We do live in a culture where faster, more and easier seem to govern a lot of our choices. Are there any advocates of doing something fully, in depth and completely mastering the subject, whatever it is?

The Discovery of Egolessness

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

the fundamental mistake we make (which causes all kinds of trouble and suffering) is the assumption that we exist as a permanent, unified, independent being.

Real World Meditation: Why Being Present Matters

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Participating in an intensive meditation retreat and then returning to our ordinary life can provide an extremely vivid transition, offeringa chance to see our habits and patterns in high relief.

Modern Buddhism: Language and Culture in a Shrinking World

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Language is translatable but we also have to be aware of the subtle shades of meaning, beyond literal translation, that cultural settings impart.

Contentment VS All You Can Eat

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Is it possible that we have, by constant repetition in our culture, created a social norm in which gluttony and craving have replaced contentment and satisfaction?

On The Road With Krishna Das

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

this week I'm on tour playing guitar with Krishna Das. Hanging with KD and the posse is always about dharma and music mixed together --- my favorite combo.

Stay on Your Cushion: The Importance of 'Hot' and 'Cool' Boredom During Meditation

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

For those who are beginning to explore meditation practice, allow yourself to actually experience this "hot boredom" and not just jump off the cushion when that kind of restlessness is experienced.

3 Ways to Relax Your Agenda

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

We are recommending a kind of meditation that could be called non-meditation. It is based on the barest kind of instruction orienting us toward relaxing our active agenda-driven existence.

Meeting Our Minds: Is Meditation Practical?

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

We rarely if ever look at the "I" that's making our everyday assumptions. Our meditation practice, rather then being theoretical or metaphysical, is extremely personal and direct -- it's highly experiential.

Finding A Spiritual Teacher

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

It is essential that the teacher is thoroughly trained herself and completely personifies what is being presented. Sometimes the teachings at this level are called transmission or "ear whispered."

Meeting The Buddha Today

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

As we stumble through the fog of our sometimes overly discursive mind and say "I want to meet Buddha," if you shift that a little and say "I want to meet the awakened state of mind," then we have clarified what it is that we are looking for.

What Is Karma to a Buddhist?

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Lately I've been having an ongoing discussion with students regarding the Buddhist idea of karma. It's a complex and multi-faceted subject. I've foun...

Gradual Versus Sudden Enlightenment

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

In training ourselves through meditation, it is very practical to start with mindfulness practice to pull the mind in from a habitual state of distraction into a focused and clear state.

A Buddhist Sleep Lesson: Awakening From The Day Dream

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

I wanted to jump in and participate in the ongoing discussion of sleep, but what I came up with, after contemplating the whole topic for some time, was to look further into what it means to actually be awake.

What's Keeping Us From The Cushion?

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

I think it's fair to ask ourselves early on, why are we afraid of just sitting still? Why are we terrified of that?Actually it's for you to find out. But I would like to suggest the possibility that we are afraid of ourselves.

Yoga: Drip, Drip, The Bucket Fills

Cyndi Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cyndi Lee

My teacher, Gelek Rimpoche, always says -- "Drip, drip, drip, the bucket fills." He means that if we meditate a little bit everyday, eventually our mind and heart shift toward more kindness and clarity.

Tiger Woods, Buddhism And Redemption

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

It occurred to me that many folks here in the West may not really know much about the Buddhist tradition and what it has to say about redemption, salvation, or anything else for that matter.

Why Meditate? -- Words Do Not Cook Rice

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Without a clear view of the whole process of meditation, it's possible to just roam and fumble around for decades or lifetimes for that matter.

Taking Your Seat: Simple Meditation Instructions For Ordinary People

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

The benefit to meditation is that we become more synchronized in body and mind and begin to relate to our world in a less distracted and more wakeful way.