In a culture that seems to be fraying and coming apart at the seams, does Buddhism have any possibilities? Last week I got to chat with celebrated Buddhist teacher and mentor Ethan Nichtern, and hear a bit about Buddhist psychology, Tantric Buddhism, and how the Middle Path can help us navigate not just our own minds but the world around us. I really appreciated Ethan's expertise; he effortlessly explains complex Buddhist ideas (and Western misconceptions). Dig in, friends. Ethan Nichtern is, as Sally Vogler of Vogue put it, “a supercool, deeply kind brainiac—imagine a very chilled-out blend of Pauls Auster and Rudd—who is also to-the-cushion born. A Buddhist teacher for over 19 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City, 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. He was formerly on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and has lectured at Brown, Wesleyan, Yale, NYU, FIT, Antioch, and other universities, and as well as at many other meditation/yoga centers and conferences around the country and world. He is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path. 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 in 2017. He is also the author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You. Connect With Ethan -Website: https://www.ethannichtern.com/ -Twitter: https://twitter.com/ethannichtern -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ethannichtern/ -Books: https://ethannichtern.com/the-road-home -https://www.ethannichtern.com/dharma-of-the-princess-bride/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.