Ethan Nichtern – The Road Home – Ep. 84 – Keep It Simple

Discussing the dharma of politics, Ethan Nichtern delves into the creation of suffering and shifting into a more intentional era in 2023. 

“I like the teachings within the complexity that bring us back to simplicity because when life gets going and your to-do list gets long, it’s just those little reminders that pierce the speed of the day. — Ethan Nichtern

In this episode, we learn about:

  • Aging and intention
  • Finding light in a world slipping toward darkness
  • Global devastation
  • Moving beyond ego and into compassion
  • Energetic shifts of good and evil
  • Simple tools to slow down

 About Ethan Nichtern:

Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher, and is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, North Point Press), which was selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Tech Insider’s “9 Books That Define 2015.” His most recent book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships was released by FSG – North Point in 2017.

For the past 20+ years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and North America and Europe, along with working with students privately. He has primarily studied in the Shambhala and other Tibetan traditions, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also an avid yoga practitioner. He served as Shastri, or Senior Teacher-In-Residence, for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, from 2010-2018.

Listen to more from Ethan: 

In Episode 78 of The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern explores a Buddhist perspective of Despair & Media
You can learn more about fighting for our democracy in Episode 77 of The Road Home: In Defense of Choice, Interbeing & Democracy
For more on resolutions and change-making, listen to Ethan Nichtern’s Every Moment is the New Year
Look into Episode 62 of The Road Home to learn how having a practice impacts the world: Sit Down to Rise Up w/ Shelly Tygielski
Listen to an episode on Postmodern Buddhism in America featuring Ethan Nichtern and Ann Gleig
Explore the polarizing political climate in Episode 52 of The Road Home: The Dharma of Fascism