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Music, Meditation and Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman + David Nichtern

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Meditation can change your mind, brain, and body. So can music. Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Altered Traits sits down with Grammy-nominated musician and Shambhala teacher David Nichtern to probe how music and meditation might each access our brains, perhaps to similar ends, and how we can use one to enhance the other.

The program will be followed by a book signing.This program is co-presented with the Omega Institute.


About the Speakers

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist whose 1995 book Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year and a half, , with more than five million copies in print worldwide in forty languages. Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy, and the ecological crisis. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. Goleman has organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, which resulted in the books Healing Emotions and Destructive Emotions. Goleman’s work as a science journalist has been recognized by the Washburn Award for science journalism, a Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association, and his appointment as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

David Nichtern is a well-known composer, producer, and guitarist. He has won four Emmys and been nominated twice for a Grammy. He is also a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. 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. Nichtern has been co-director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM Yoga. His book Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha’s Wheel of Life, was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016. He has several online meditation workshops available through and a DVD/CD package OM Yoga & Meditation Workshop, created in conjunction with yoga teacher Cyndi Lee. His previous appearance at the Rubin was together with his son Ethan in last year’s Brainwave series.


All tickets will automatically be transferred to the new date on Thursday, December 28, 2017.


If you are unable to attend this new date, please notify the Box Office at (212) 620-5000x 344 or so we may process your refund.