David Nichtern – CSM Podcast – Ep. 45 – In Tune with Richard Wolf

David is joined by Emmy Award-winning composer, author, multi-Platinum record producer and songwriter Richard Wolf for a conversation about music, mindfulness, and success. 

“It’s not about your ego when you’re making music. It’s not about you. It’s about the music.

If you’re trying to perform, you want to just have the best performance possible. If you’re writing music, you just want to take the song where the song wants to go. You want to help it go. It’s not about your self-referential agenda; it’s about the music. 

It’s not about you, and so you’re transcending yourself.” – Richard Wolf

In this episode, Richard joins David to discuss:
  • The Twelve Bridges between music & meditation
  • Zen & Silent Illumination
  • Practice and success
About Richard Wolf:

Richard “Wolfie” Wolf is an Emmy Award ™ winning composer, multi-Platinum RIAA awarded record producer and songwriter, teacher and noted author. 

Wolf is on the faculty of The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he teaches a class on “Music & Mindfulness” which was the first course at a university level to explore the special relationship between the two practices.

His book “In Tune: Music As The Bridge To Mindfulness” is acclaimed as an innovative guide to contemplative practices for musical people and was the inspiration for his podcast “Wolf In Tune”. The book was written up in The New Yorker, Parade Magazine, Mindful Magazine, Mashable, Spirituality & Health and others.

Learn more about Richard at richardwolf.net.

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