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  1. Sri says:

    Hi David,

    Any timeline on when the subscription teachings will come on-line ?
    Really great to hear about this idea..


  2. Hi David,
    happy to find your site!

    Happy that you are here
    with your Special Work!

    All the Best to you,
    Om Shanti Om,

    Anna GANGA Gregorutti JERMANN
    LOL/lol, AGGJJ

  3. Where did my comment go..hope it got to you..that in seeing your latest Huff Post piece, realizing we are working on parallel topics, hoping to chat….

    • admin2 says:

      Hi Carol, didn’t get your earlier post… If you want to contact David, feel free to email him at davidnichtern[@]gmail.com. Right now he’s in Europe teaching so it might take a little while to hear back from him.


      Site Admin

  4. David:

    I just wanted to tell you that I only recently learned of The Beyman Bros. “Memories of Summer as a Child” and I think it’s fantastic.

    Thanks for the great music.

    Paul Blubaugh

  5. Una Morera says:

    Hi David:
    Just saying a big hello! And I love your website…very thorough and easy to use.
    Happy Winter!
    In kindness,

  6. Srinivasan says:

    Dear David,

    My name is Srinivsan & I’m a teacher in the Satyananda Yoga tradition (www.satyananda.net) but have found a deep connection with the shambhala teachings. Eventhough in terms of practices i feel a deep affinity with the yoga-tantra system, there’s something in the view of the shambhala terma that is so profound that it has started changing the way i approach my practices. I found that even though some practices can put me in certain highs, instead of me growing i just got addicted on them. I was still as needy and superficial in the approach to my sadhana. I might know fancy philosophical points but deep within i knew it was all profound BS!!!
    Thats when i came across trungpa rinpoche and the shambhala teachings

    As i started searching the web I found a few videos and of them your teaching seemed to hit on the point. Deep, compassionate & humorous…Its not fair to keep this limited to the states (i live in delhi, India).

    Are any of your meditation programmes available online? either directly or through shambhlaonline?? I really want to go deeper into this teaching, is there any way i could hear & learn from you??

    thank you

    • David Nichtern says:

      Hello Sri!

      Wow… we were just in Delhi in September…. too bad I didn’t know you then because we could have said hello in person. My wife, Cyndi, and I went from there to Sikkim and Bhutan… had a wonderful, atlhough at times challenging, trip….

      In any case, we are contemplating adding an online teaching aspect to our website so I think that will be coming up soon….

      In the meanwhile, why don’t we just communicate virtually? My email address is davidnichtern@gmail.com …. you should feel free to write any time and we can start off by communicating that way….. if you have skype or i-chat that would also be possible to hookup….

      Great to hear from you …. sending all best, David N.

  7. Phillip Ziegler says:

    I became vegan at the age of 68 for health reasons. About the same time I joined a local Shambhala Center and have become very involved in the sangha. My meditation practice and study of the dharma have taken my veganism beyond my personal health and now include what seems to me to be a natural part of my ethical compassionate practice to avoid the extent that I am able participating in causing suffering to all sentient beings. So when I eat my vegan food at events and my dharma brothers and sisters ask me why I am vegan I ask why they eat meat. The answers amaze me and I can’t help but wonder how someone can look deeply at factory farming and then say, I can’t give up meat because I like the taste or something about needing meat to feel okay. Love to hear your thoughts. I know we all have to walk our own path but this seems like saying I am follow the Buddhist path but I can’t give up beating my wife and children because its all emptiness anyway.

    • David Nichtern says:

      Hi Philip,

      I know there are many other vegetarians and vegans in our larger sangha. I think it has always been viewed as a matter of personal choice, rather than as a group doctrine.

      For example, you could make a very good case, from a Buddhist point of view, for banning abortion on the same premise…. there is no doubt at all, again from a Buddhist point of view, that the fetus is alive, conscious, and sentient before birth. So I’m curious, just curious actually, if you would also make a case for being a right to lifer as opposed to a woman’s right to chooser…..

      In any case, I completely understand your view regarding the inhumane way in which factory farming treats animals…. it is beyond shocking…. I don’t really have an easy answer for you on this point, but deeply respect your point of view and conviction to be vegan……. I just think it’s something each person needs to come to on their own and if you feel inspired to make your case for it, I can totally understand that.

      I know that is not the brilliant and penetrating answer you might hope for, but unfortunately that’s as good as it gets for me….. I do take great care with living beings of all kinds (including water bugs etc.), but I seem to personally feel ok about eating dead animals, and when I don’t I don’t. All my Hindu/kirtan friends are vegetarian for the same reason you are. I have other friends who swear by the health benefits of veganism….

      BTW, Where do you live and what dharma center are you at?

      Sorry not to be more help on this one,


      David N.

  8. Michael L. says:


    Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions here.
    I studied Raja Yoga in an ashram on Long Island when I was 18-23 years old. I made the decision to re-enter material world life after coming to the decision that I had not experienced the world, and therefore didn’t have much to renounce. My experiences at this ashram confirmed my perceptions of life that began as early as 5 years old. I am now approaching 57 and feel the calling of returning to a monastic type life.
    My question is: how do I go about finding the right place, ie: one that is in line with my heart, and one that does not require large amounts of money such as paying for seminars, talks, meditation weekends, etc. I want the “real” thing. Although I have skills as a healer (I am a chiropractor and very happy to donate my skills for compensation) I do not have savings to throw at this.
    It is time to entirely devote my life to the spiritual path; I would appreciate any guidance you may have to offer.

    Michael LeDonne

    • David Nichtern says:

      Hi Michael,

      First of all, it seems really important that you find a place that has the kind of practice and study you want to participate in ….. there will be a big difference between a Buddhist meditation center and a Hindu or yoga ashram for example…. even within any particular grouping there will be sub-groupings (for example, Zen, Vipashyana, Vajrayana within Buddhism) with very different flavors and living situations.

      Many centers will offer work/study arrangements or even outright staff positions (Karme Choling in Vermont has those for example)…..

      So to start with, do you want to rejoin your Raja Yoga tradition or look elsewhere and if so, what is interesting and compelling to you?

      Would be happy to make other suggestions, once you zero in a little further here…


      David N.

  9. eric says:

    Dear Mr Nichtern,

    Your article on the HuffingtonPost re being a “Poet of Uncertainty” is seems derived from the
    poet John Keats’s Negative Capability, “the ability to be in the midst of doubt & uncertainty with no irritable grasping after logic & reason.” I’m surprised John Keats wasn’t cited in your HuffingtonPost article.

    Eric Malone

    • David Nichtern says:

      Hi Eric,

      Actually never read that poem at all, but it certainly sounds similar….

      Would like to think that great minds think alike, but I might be out of my
      league there!!

      Sending all best,

      David N.

  10. Donna Marie says:

    David…I don’t know if you remember me, but I was with Maria Muldaur in NY…I just wanted to thank you again for all that you do. My time spent with you, Sharon and Krishna Das has led me town a very beautiful path…

    I am at the Vipassana center in Kelseyville, CA and getting ready to do my 2nd 10 day silent retreat!

    Life with its twists and turns is such a beautiful thing…! Bless you!!

  11. Sarah Walker says:

    David (and staff),

    Thanks for all the wonderful material on your site, I’ve spent many an hour reading your articles and watching your videos. I’m looking forward to the next Yoga Body Buddha Mind workshop in the area. See you then!

    Yours in the dharma,


    • David Nichtern says:

      Hi Sarah…. glad our material has been helpful to you…. that is the intention in any case….. what area are you in? Sending all best, David N.

  12. Hi David,

    I love your article about going on retreat. I did a Vipasana retreat for the first time in January. I found the experience transformational. It was a lesson on mind, matter and meditation. The ability to observe your mind while on this retreat is the most valuable lesson I have every learned.

    Please read “An Om-bitious Retreat” here http://www.hushyoga.com/features/

    Om love,


    • David Nichtern says:

      OK Sinead…. will have to check out your article… retreat is so powerful…. can be different every time…. always seems to put us face to face with what we need to have a good look at…. a good mirror! All best, DN

  13. Stephanie Miller says:

    The site looks great David. Glad you are home safe from the wonders of Istanbul and the Icelandic plume! Love, Stephanie Miller

    • David Nichtern says:

      Hey Stephanie…. sorry didn’t respond to this one sooner but better late than never…. between huffpost, twitter, facebook and the website, stuff falls in the cracks sometimes!

      Thanks for the good words…. won’t be out in LA again til December….. going to Bhutan, Sikkim and India for month of September……

      How is the poetry book doing…..? How are you doing? Send me a regular email and give me an update, OK?

      All best…. DN

  14. Total Eclipse says:

    Do you have plans to teach in the midwest anytime this year? In the Chicago area?

    • Seth says:

      Hi Total Eclipse,

      David will be teaching in the ohio area this fall, if thats close enough… check his schedule for details. Thanks!

      -Seth (site administrator)

  15. Peter Caison says:

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your great website, lots of valuable information on here!

  16. Bob Rannigan says:

    David, enjoyed your video. Would like to hear some of your music and don’t see where that is on the site. thanks, B

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