Awakening from the Daydream

David Nichtern

October 26–28, 2018

Tuition $250 + 2 nights

This program has been cancelled.

The Wheel of Life is a Buddhist allegorical painting dating back to ancient India. The painting describes how our sense of self and our life in this world take shape, portraying how we think, how we act, how we 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 confusing, painful and repetitive patterns (such as craving, jealousy, aggression, dullness, stress and anxiety), and how we can liberate ourselves from those patterns.

This workshop is based on a Buddhist painting called The Wheel of Life – an ancient powerpoint presentation that describes the process of karma. According to these teachings, we are largely trapped in a daydream world – a Walter Mitty-like projected reality of 6 different realms which we cycle through repeatedly, based on our current habits and personal history, The 6 realms are: gods (fixation on pleasure), jealous gods (jealousy and competition), humans (hope and fear), animals (thick habits), hungry ghosts (addiction), and hell (rage and depression). Meditation practice can awaken us from our daydream, and liberate us from the six realms.

Based on David’s newly released book from Wisdom Publications, the workshop will include meditation instruction, practice, lecture, and discussion. Open to all levels of experience.   

David Nichtern

David Nichtern is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam 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 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 Expansion for Shambhala Training Int’l.

He is known for his ability to present the richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition with a light touch, making it accessible and relevant. He has several workshops available online. His book Awakening From The Daydream: The Wheel of Life was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016.

David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer. He is the composer of the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Christopher Guest, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Krishna Das. Jerry Garcia, and many others. , ,




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