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…

Connecting With Awakened Heart & Mind

Here is a short clip of David Nichtern teaching about how we connect with bodhichitta or awakened heart or mind during meditation practice.

Meditation Is A Blunt Instrument

With his usual wit and humor, David discusses the feelings of sensitivity and vulnerability that arise when one begins a regular meditation practice.

Meditation Without Goals

In a talk at the New York City Shambhala Center, David discusses meeting our minds in meditation without judgment or bias.