Founder, Lead Teacher & CEO of Dharma Moon

David Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher who has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970.

David is also a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context; including Goldman Sachs, Journey Meditation, Creative Live, True Nature Meditation (Tokyo), Balanced Athlete, The Center for Health & Healing, Om Births, and Kobre & Kim law firm among others.

He has been featured in The New York Times, FOX News, Netflix's animated series The Midnight Gospel, Huffington Post, Ten Percent Happier podcast with Dan Harris, Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast, You Made it Weird podcast with Pete Holmes, and many others. David also hosts his own Podcast based on his book Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck.

David is the author of the critically acclaimed books Awakening From the Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha's Wheel of Life and Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck. He mentors individual students both in person and online, and leads meditation teacher training programs around the world.

He is also a four time Emmy-winning and two time Grammy-nominated composer and producer, as well as the founder of Dharma Moon Records 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, he wrote the classic hit song "Midnight at the Oasis" and composed the score for Christopher Guest's film "The Big Picture". In recent years he has produced multiple records for and periodically tours and performs with Grammy nominated kirtan singer Krishna Das.

David's song "Midnight at the Oasis" being nominated for Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. That's David at the 1:17 minute mark.

David performing with his band The Great American String Band with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Taj Mahal, and Richard Greene.

In the 1980's David Nichtern was the National Sales Manager for the New England Digital Corporation which invented the first digital sampling synthesizer, known as the Synclavier. Here he is on The Merv Griffin show in 1985 demonstrating this new ground breaking technology. 

This image is from the recent acclaimed Netflix animated series, The Midnight Gospel. And that's David, in cartoon form, on the right, teaching an octopus how to meditate and work with his thoughts.

The series, created by comedian, podcast host, and meditation practitioner Duncan Trussell is a brilliant take on life, spirituality, and our effort to make sense of it all.



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