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Location: Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Powells Books Presents: Ethan Nichtern in Conversation with Derek Beres


Instead of our usual Tuesday Night Meditation, we warmly invite you to join us for an event at Powell’s Books, featuring a discussion between Ethan Nichtern and Derek Beres. Ethan has released his latest book, Confidence: Holding Your Seat Through Life’s Eight Worldly Winds, and will share insights and wisdom on navigating life’s challenges. We look forward to seeing you there for an evening of enriching discussion!


Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209 (map/directions)
No registration is required. This event is open to the public.

Conversation Topic:

How do we stand firm amid the ups and downs of existence? In today’s culture of polarization and constant change, how do we find the confidence to navigate challenges? Is now really the time for meditation, for looking inward? What do we do with mindfulness? Meditation teacher Ethan Nichtern tackles these questions, taking contemporary considerations of power, identity, ethics, and confidence to new heights in this essential guide to self-discovery.

Nichtern examines the Buddhist concept of the Eight Worldly Winds, the four paired opposites of praise and blame, pleasure and pain, fame and insignificance, and success and failure. Delving into these dichotomies reveals invaluable insights into our relationships with others (including teachers, friends, leaders, the disgraced, and the adored) and ourselves. With transformative meditation exercises, Confidence empowers us to cultivate and access our innate wisdom. Nichtern will be joined in conversation by Derek Beres, author of Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Health Threat

About Ethan Nichtern:

For the past 20+ years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and North America and Europe, along with working with students privately. He has primarily studied in the Shambhala and other Tibetan traditions, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also an avid yoga practitioner. He served as Shastri, or Senior Teacher-In-Residence, for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, from 2010-2018.

Ethan Nichtern is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Pathwhich was selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Tech Insider’s “9 Books That Define 2015.” His newest book, Confidence: Holding Your Seat Through Life’s Eight Worldly Winds, was released June 4, 2024.
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