Shambhala New York Teacher: David Nichtern

“Stillness is a powerful way to be kind to yourself.” – David Nichtern

David Nichtern

David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. David was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. He is an Emmy Award winning, Grammy nominated composer, producer and guitarist.

David has been co-director of the LA Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM yoga.

He has been a featured writer and regular contributor to The Huffington Post and leads meditation workshops around the world and online. David also works individually with meditation students in person and via Skype, and has created and taught meditation teacher trainer programs for OM yoga, Empowered Yoga, Kaia Yoga, Metrowest Yoga, True Nature Yoga (Tokyo), and Journey Meditation. He has also been a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context – including Balanced Athlete, Journey Meditation, The Center for Health & Healing, and Om Births, among others.

The Latest from David

nichtern-daydreamDavid Nichtern’s first book, Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha’s Wheel of Life is now available online and at the Shambhala Center of New York Book Store.

The Wheel of Life, an allegorical image dating back to ancient India, describes how our sense of self and our life in this world take shape, portraying how we think, act, feel, and how we manifest our own personal reality. The Wheel of Life also illustrates how karma works in our lives – how we get trapped in and continually cycle through a series of psychological realms based on confusing, painful, and repetitive patterns, and more importantly, how we can liberate ourselves from these patterns.


Upcoming Classes with David

Shambhala Training Weekend I 

Give yourself the gift of an immersive meditation program with David Nichtern and Shastri Ethan Nicthern, the weekend of January 20th, 2017, and kick off the new year with a commitment to opening your mind and heart.

Designed for new and experienced meditators alike, this urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life. Register now as this program is sure to reach capacity.

“Meditation in the City” Podcast Episodes with David 

Listen to Podcast Episode 88 David Nichtern discusses resistance to meditation practice and the importance of clarifying our intention.

Listen to Podcast Episode 76 David Nichtern discusses the wisdom emerging from meditation, and how the space and understanding cultivated on the cushion can help us through life’s challenges.