Ethan and David Nichtern share their thoughts on the transformative impact of the Buddhist teachings, especially as the mindfulness revolution continues to become more mainstream.
The $64 Question
Ethan and David tackle the subject of the mindfulness revolution. They attempt to answer the $64 question of the day, how do we make sure we’re using mindfulness for awakening rather than bypass? Ethan talks about how the power of mindfulness is learning non-reactivity, especially when it comes to social action and the deeply complex political landscape in America.
“What is the relationship between the individual suffering, and a person trying to engage in some kind of social transformation?” – Ethan Nichtern
Integrated Beings (28:33)
Ethan and David investigate the different spiritual models that can be found in Buddhism, and what a spiritually integrated being looks like in today’s world. They answer questions from the audience about the cultural revolution of the 1960s, and what it really means to spiritually drop out.
“You can see when people get greedy. They get tight, they want to hold what they got, and they don’t want to give anything to anyone else.” – David Nichtern
Luck Favors the Prepared (49:41)
More questions come in from the audience about the relationship between creativity and spirituality, working with difficult people, and synchronicity. Ethan explores the idea of having one foot in each the material and spiritual worlds. David talks about the need to respect our offering to the world and value it properly.
“I like ‘luck favors the prepared,’ because it brings in the notion of formal practice and synchronicity both being part of the structure.” – Ethan Nichtern