David Nichtern – Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck – Ep. 43 – Composing Dharma with Sean Callery

Emmy-winning composer Sean Callery and David discuss true fearlessness, how Trungpa Rinpoche heard music, and the symphony of impermanence.

In this episode David and Sean dive into:
  • Sean’s absolutely legendary Emmy-winning career as a humble composer you may not know, but have certainly heard and been touched by
  • Success, aspiration, effort, persistence, happiness, fruition, and the journey
  • Connecting, acknowledging, authenticity, skillful means, confidence, and unique view
  • Blending spirituality and the Dharma with our jobs and work lives
  • Fear and fearlessness through the lens of Shambala and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Understanding impermanence as a rich symphony
  • How Trungpa Rinpoche heard music
  • An impromptu live jam session with Sean showcasing emotional change in musical scores
Links from this episode:

Garchen Rinpoche Doc: https://vimeo.com/544826314

David on Merv Griffin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=2ZEu2oe2UEk&feature=youtu.be

“In my studies with Shambala and [Trungpa] Rinpoche, the teachings for me are not about being without fear, it’s actually about being profoundly acquainted with fear, to lean into it. You can actually touch it and soak in it a little bit. Fearless doesn’t mean I’m trying to get to a place without fear.” – Sean Callery

About Sean Callery: Emmy-winning composer Sean Callery has received 17 Emmy nominations and 4 wins, making him one of the most nominated composers of all time. He has won or been nominated for awards on projects such as Jessica Jones, Homeland, Minority Report, 24, Elementary, The Kennedy’s, and has been featured in The Marksman, The Hot Zone, Medium, Bull, Next, Bones, Inhumans, and Small Time. He also has three soundtrack albums featuring music from the 24 series, and two soundtrack albums featuring his score for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Sean resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Debbie. For more info please visit: SeanCallery.com

“What people have misunderstood about impermanence is, ‘Oh, it’s just nullifying and void, nothing exists, emptiness,’ but what we’re saying is there’s this rich symphony going on, and there is a pattern to it, but it will never be the same from one time to one time. That’s true every moment of your life.” – David Nichtern

About David Nichtern:  David Nichtern, founder of Dharma Moon, is a senior Buddhist teacher who has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. He is also a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context. David is also a multiple Grammy-nominated and Emmy award-winning musician.

Listen to more from David: 

David sits down with psychologist and author Daniel Goleman for conversation around the intersection of awareness, creativity and business, in CSM Ep. 1.
Krishna Das joins David for chanting and chatting about transforming negative karmas, the path of surrender, & the connections between Hinduism and Buddhism, in CSM Ep. 13
Anthropologist, Alberto Villolda, PhD, joins David to illuminate ancient shamanic wisdom to heal our modern world through imbibing the natural, intuitive flow of consciousness, nature, and service, in CSM Ep. 18
David speaks with his longtime friend, Jamie Lee Curtis, about her meditation practice, the bhav of creativity, and playing to your strongest suits in life, in CSM Ep. 2
David and Daniel Aitken share a conversation around the creative process and meditation, manifesting our visions, and Trungpa Rinpoche’s Shambhala teachings, in CSM Ep. 19