Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle pr […]

Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous sidetracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centered version of reality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism.

Join senior Buddhist teachers, David Nichtern for an exploration of CTR’s classic text, ‘Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism’.


Identify common misconceptions, obstacles and pitfalls of the journey
Look beyond a limited self-improvement approach to spirituality
Engage in guided meditation practices led by the instructors
Engage in interactive group discussion periods with fellow participants
*recordings will be made available each week

Required Reading: ‘Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism’ by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The workshop will include lectures, discussion, meditation instruction & practice.
All class will proceed through an English to Japanese interpreter.
Open to all.


Introduction Workshops JPY5,500
2 Days WS.
▶︎ 10/9 (Sat) JST 9:00-15:00 (EDT 20:00-02:00)
▶︎ 10/10 (Sun) JST 9:00-15:00 (EDT 20:00-02:00)

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David Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher who has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. He is also a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context – including Goldman Sachs, Journey Meditation, True Nature Meditation (Tokyo), Balanced Athlete, The Center for Health & Healing, and Om Births, among others.

He has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Buddhist Geeks podcast, Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast and many others. David is the author of the critically acclaimed Awakening From the Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life and the forthcoming Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck. He also mentors individual students both in person and online, and leads meditation teacher training programs around the world.
David is also a multiple Grammy-nominated and Emmy award-winning musician. He has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Christopher Guest, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Among his many credits in records, film and TV, David wrote the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has produced multiple records for and periodically tours with Grammy nominated kirtan artist Krishna Das. For more info check out www.davidnichtern.com