David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. David was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. David has been co-director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and Karme Choling meditation center in Vermont, as well as director of expansion for Shambhala Training and director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM Yoga. His work has been featured at The Huffington Post, and he leads meditation workshops around the world and online. He has several online meditation workshops available through creativeLIVE.com. His DVD/CD package Om Yoga and Meditation Workshop, created in conjunction with yoga teacher Cyndi Lee, is widely available
David Nichtern is also a well-known composer, producer, and guitarist. A four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee, he is the founder of Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, and many others. Among his many credits in records, film, and TV are the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and the score for Christopher Guest’s film The Big Picture. As the Beyman Bros, he and Guest and C. J. Vanston collaborated on the album Memories of Summer as a Child. Nichtern has also produced multiple records for Grammy-nominated kirtan performer Krishna Das.