Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – Lots of Icing, Not Much Cake

Meditation helps us develop a kind of "mindfulness muscle" - so that every thought doesn’t just drag us out of the room.

David Nichtern

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Lots of Icing, Not Much Cake

With David Nichtern + Duncan Trussell

“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 spirituality; 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.” – Chögyam Trungpa

Come join us for another rousing dialogue between Podmeister/Comedian Duncan Trussell and senior meditation teacher David Nichtern.

David and Duncan will explore the notion of spiritual materialism in an open forum which will include meditation instruction, practice, dialog and Q&A.
We expect a crowd for this one so please register early!

Workshop Details

Friday, November 16

7-9 PM



There will be meditation practice, a brief talk, juicy dialogue and some
time at the end for more casual conversation and refreshments.

See you there!

About David Nichtern

David is a senior teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), and Director of the Dharmadhatu Meditation Center in Los Angeles. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs around the world and online, and he also mentors individual students in person and via Skype. David is known for his ability to present the richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition with a light touch, making it accessible and relevant. He created a weekly live broadcast on YouTube and has online workshops available through His book “Awakening From The Daydream – Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life” was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016. David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer. He is the composer of the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Christopher Guest, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Krishna Das, Jerry Garcia and many others.