Ongoing Dialogue with David Nichtern + Duncan Trussell

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

David Nichtern

Compassion + Skillful Action

With David Nichtern + Duncan Trussell

Without skillful action, compassion has no traction. If we mean well but lack clarity – or perhaps find ourselves trying to avoid uncomfortable situations – that is sometimes called idiot compassion…

In the Buddhist tradition, to manifest genuine compassion, there are four principal skillful actions – pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and destroying – a variety of approaches as we engage a wide range of people and situations.


David + Duncan will explore this topic together in their usual rambling yet somehow strangely cohesive fashion.

You are warmly invited to join us, practice together and join in this juicy discussion.

We expect a crowd, so please register early!


Ready for more? Join Duncan Trussell for a community meditation “sit”!

Workshop Details

Friday, August 16th

7pm to 9pm


Note that 50% of the price is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. 


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.