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"On Creativity, Spirituality, & Making a Buck"

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David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. David was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970.

David has been co-director of the LA Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM yoga.

The 'Take Aways'

David is a senior Buddhist teacher as well as an award-winning composer. Throughout his personal and professional trajectory, his creative and spiritual worlds have intertwined to produce a brilliant career and life experience. In this conversation, he shares about the Buddhist principles which have informed his life experiences, including the Shambhalic notion of joining heaven and earth: the process of bringing together a vision into the real / practical world. Throughout this conversation, we explore the powerful ways that spirituality can help us stay creative, and David shares with us the spiritual and also very practical elements involved in building any kind of successful creative business. 

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