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Dharma Talk w/ Author Ethan Nichtern on Relationships & Buddhism

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Please join us for this special talk and book signing by Shastri Ethan Nichtern of his newly published book, The Dharma of the Princess Bride: What the coolest fairy tale of our time can teach us about Buddhism and relationships.

There is no piece of pop culture that Ethan Nichtern draws upon more frequently in his meditation teachings than Rob Reiner’s 1987 film of fire swamps, pirates, swordplay, wordplay, rodents of unusual size, and the enduring power of true love. And in The Dharma of the Princess Bride (North Point Press/FSG, September 12), Nichtern builds a surprising case that the movie is a perfect text for exploring the three things that almost always take over the discussion when he teaches Buddhism: friendship, romance, and family.

Using the film’s iconic characters as starting points, Nichtern explores the important role friendship plays on the path of awakening, the ways we idealize and objectify romantic love, and the rewards and difficulties of cultivating mindfulness around our families. He also contemplates what the winking self-awareness of this post-modern fairy tale might teach us about how to live in our own peculiar globalized age, one in which all our classic stories have been regurgitated, copied, deconstructed and reconstructed so many times over.

Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher in residence for the New York Shambhala community. He is the author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and One City: A Declaration of Interdependence. His next book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships will be released by FSG – North Point on September 12, 2017. He is also the founder 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. More info: ethannichtern.com

$15 - $20 suggested donations. Pay at the door.

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