THE ROAD HOME A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path Ethan Nichtern; Foreword by Sharon Salzberg

Pub Date Apr 21 2015

A lively exploration of contemporary Buddhism from one of its most admired teachers

Do you feel at home right now? Or do you sense a hovering anxiety or uncertainty, an underlying unease that makes you feel just a bit uncomfortable, a bit distracted and disconnected from those around you?

In The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Drawing from contemporary research on meditation and mindfulness and his experience as a Buddhist teacher and practitioner, Nichtern describes in fresh and deeply resonant terms the basic existential experience that gives rise to spiritual seeking—and also to its potentially dangerous counterpart, spiritual materialism. He reveals how our individual quests for self-awareness ripple forward into relationships, communities, and society at large. And he explains exactly how, by turning our awareness to what’s happening around us and inside us, we become able to enhance our sense of connection with others and, at the same time, change for the better our individual and collective patterns of greed, apathy, and inattention.

In this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist meditation, Nichtern shows how, in order to create a truly compassionate and enlightened society, we must start with ourselves. And this means beginning by working with our own minds—in whatever state we find them in.

Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the youngest senior teacher in the global tradition. He is the author of and the nonfiction book, One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Publications), and the forthcoming The Road Home (FSG Books, North Point). He is also the author of the novella and poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You,He is also the founding director of The Interdependence Project, an
organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

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The Authors@Google program was pleased to welcome Ethan Nichtern to Google’s New York office to discuss his book, “One City: A Declaration of Interdependence”.

Ethan Nichtern is the acclaimed author of “One City: A Declaration of Interdependence”, and the founding director of the Interdependence Project , a nonprofit created to bring meditation principles to the arts, activism, environmental concerns, and responsible consumption. A teacher of Buddhist meditation and philosophy for the past six years, he currently teaches at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York universities.

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