First Thought, Best Thought

When we have some creative impulse, insight, or intuition, where does that come from? Senior Buddhist teacher, David Nichtern, explains.

The Nature of Fear

Fear underlies so much of our experience in life – fear of death, fear of life, fear of the dark, fear of the light, fear of being alone, fear of…

Bias Yourself Towards Awareness, Not Resolution

During a guest lecture at The Interdependence Project in New York City, David discusses how it is important to become familiar with the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of ourselves.…

Making Friends With Yourself

In this brief video, David discusses the importance of starting with ourselves as the foundation for compassion and working with others.

Our Thoughts Are Not Solid

Mindfulness (or “shamatha” in Sanskrit) meditation is meant to increase awareness of the fact that the thoughts we spend all our time focusing on, negotiating with, responding and reacting to aren’t…