Episode 59 :: Ethan Nichtern :: The Interdependence Project

| April 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern speaks with us about The Interdependence Project.

Taking new forms. Neither Buddhism, nor any religious form, is immune to the process of evolution. And what forms will those take in our contemporary culture? Much of that is based on communication, conveying messages across different media, and using technology to support that growing.

Shastri Ethan Nichtern is the founding director of the Interdependence Project, an NYC based nonproft dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, integral activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He is also author of the acclaimed book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence. His writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma magazine, Reality Sandwich, and other online publications. Ethan has been teaching meditation and Buddhism in the Shambhala tradition since 2002. He is currently on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York Universities. In the summer of 2010 he was empowered by his teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a Shastri (Senior Teacher) of the Shambhala tradition, representing the New York region.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice tea. From Long Island.

:: Discuss this episode ::



“The point of that path is not to practice the vajrayana. It’s a path of skillful means to get human beings to the place where they’re more able to meet their human society with wisdom and compassion.” — Ethan Nichtern




Web Links

Interdependence Project

  • Ethan Nichtern — Personal Website


Music for This Episode

Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez’s CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Kyuden No Kurayami

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Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

About the Author ()

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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