Shambhala Online Weekly Dharma Gathering
“Do We Need Gurus in the 21st Century?”
with Ethan Nichtern
Hosted by Adriana DiFazio
All are welcome to join these weekly events, which include guided meditation and a talk and discussion with a featured guest teacher.
On June 12, we are grateful to have Ethan Nichtern present a talk titled “Do We Need Gurus in the 21st Century?” This talk will cover three classic models of teachers (instructor, mentor, and guru) and look into the benefits and downfalls of the tantric model of committing to a guru.We will discuss what might need to evolve for the guru model to survive and thrive in the 21st century.
This tradition began at Shambhala New York in the early 1990s as a way to welcome the greater community into the Shambhala center. Today, many Shambhala centers around the world continue to host these events for members and friends of the Shambhala community. We hope that these events will allow us to collectively examine the issues facing our sangha and larger society by spotlighting new and fresh voices across our mandala.
The Shambhala Online Weekly Dharma Gathering series is hosted and curated by Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Dr. Smalls is a teacher in the Shambhala lineage and student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. They are assistant professor of Black Culture and Literature, as well as as a performer and performance studies scholar. Dr. Smalls has published work on hip hop, film, queer performance, and a host of other scholarly topics. Connect with Shanté on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Join live or watch later. When you register for a talk, you’ll receive:
A link to view the event live
Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes
The cost is $10 for the General Public and $20 for Patrons who wish to pay-it-forward. Cost for Centers is $60, and $40 for Groups.
Because we are committed to making these programs accessible to all, there is also a 25% discount option that one can select for each talk (Click on the "Request a discount" link below). To request a further discount or scholarship, write to [email protected].
7:00pm ET - Welcome & guided meditation
7:25pm ET - Dharma talk
7:55pm ET - Q&A with teacher
8:10pm ET - Announcements
About the Teacher
Ethan Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher. From 2010-2018 he served as the teacher in residence for the Shambhala NYC community. He is the author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG Books, North Point, 2015), The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairytale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships (FSG Books, North Point, Sep 2017) and One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Publications, 2007). The Road Home was named to Best Books of 2015 lists by both Library Journal and Tech Insider.
Ethan is also the founder and former 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.