Back to Basics: The Eightfold Path of Awakening - An Eight-Class Series with Ethan Nichtern and Sharon Salzberg


Originally recorded as part of IDP's unique Study at Home program, this course consists of eight insightful lectures from two highly regarded meditation teachers, Ethan Nichtern and Sharon Salzberg, that illuminate the relevance of the Eightfold Path to our everyday lives, instruct students in the meditation practices that facilitate realization of the path, and clarify the path's relation to other precepts and religious texts.  Each two-hour lecture is organized around a specified topic:

Lecture 1: Introduction - What's My View of Life?
Lecture 2: Clarifying My Intention
Lecture 3: Speaking Well, Speaking Compassionately
Lecture 4: Being an Ethical Person on the Path
Lecture 5: Working It Out: Right Livelihood in the 21st Century
Lecture 6: Effort, Stress, and Laziness
Lecture 7: Mindfulness in Every Part of Life
Lecture 8: Concentration and Awakening

May the wisdom and practice guidelines contained in these lectures help you to begin, deepen, and sustain your practice!

Sharon Salzberg is a Lineage Mentor at The Interdependence Project, and cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including The Force of Kindness (2005), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). For more information about Sharon, please visit:



Ethan Nichtern founded The Interdependence Project in 2005 with a few people studying meditation together in the East Village, and in September 2007 it became a nonprofit organization.  In the summer of 2010, Ethan was empowered by his teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, representing the New York region.  Ethan teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and retreats in New York City and throughout the United States. He is the author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG, 2015), the novella/poetry collection Your Emoticons Won't Save You, and the acclaimed nonfiction book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs). His writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Sentient City, and Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications. He has also been interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN and Michel Martin for NPR.

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