Shastri Ethan Nichtern is the founding director of the Interdependence Project, which started in 2005 with a few people studying meditation together in the East Village and in September 2007 became a nonprofit organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, integral activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media.

In the summer of 2010, Ethan was empowered by his teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition representing the New York region. For the past eight years, Ethan has taught ongoing meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and retreats in New York City and around North America. He is on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York Universities. He has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen traditions, and is an avid yoga practitioner.

He is the author of the acclaimed book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs). His writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Sentient City, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications. He has been interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN, and Michel Martin for NPR. He is currently at work on a novel as well as a second book on Buddhism.

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