Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck

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Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck
with David Nichtern
Monday, November, 18th, 2019 | 7:00pm to 9:00pm

David Nichtern, a four-time Emmy award-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated composer-guitarist-producer who has worked with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, and Krishna Das, among others, is also a widely regarded Western Buddhist teacher who teaches how to integrate the creative process with our spiritual practice and livelihood.

Based on his new book, Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck (Wisdom Publications, Oct 2019), participants in this evening workshop will each, and together, explore our individual life puzzle through the lens of personal well-being, creative expression and livelihood.

Incorporating meditation practices drawn from the Buddhist tradition, we will learn to develop clarity, precision, and stability as well as a friendly and inquisitive attitude – as the ground for transformation and personal evolution.

David will offer his lived, learned experience as an entrepreneur, musician, and Buddhist teacher to first help you figure out what “success” means to you and then show you how to get there. We will discuss the creative process and principles of business and ethics and explore mindfulness exercises to help you integrate inspiration and aspiration, vocation and avocation — to go from surviving to thriving.

Open to all levels, the workshop includes meditation instruction & practice, talk and discussion, as well as individual and group process.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.

Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
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David Nichtern

David Nichtern was one of the original Western students of renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche upon his arrival to America in 1970.

A four-time Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, David wrote the classic song, “Midnight at the Oasis.” A highly-regarded composer, producer and guitarist, Nichtern has played/recorded with greats like Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Christopher Guest and Krishna Das, among others. He has also been a successful entrepreneur, worldwide sales director for New England Digital Corp, and has owned and operated two record labels and several music production and publishing companies.

David currently teaches workshops and teacher training programs around the world and mentors individual students in person and online.

He has authored two books for Wisdom Publications: Awakening From The Daydream: Re-imaging The Buddha’s Wheel of Life (2016). and his much anticipated second book, Creativity Spirituality and Making A Buck (October 2019). In it he helps readers identify their creative path, how to manifest the right circumstances to actually get paid for it, and stay sane at the same time. Early reviews have likened it to “A next-gen Artist’s Way”.

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