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One City: a declaration of interdependence

by Ethan Nichtern

What you wear. What you say. What you think/ignore/buy/don't buy…Welcome to One City-Population: Everyone-where EVERYTHING you do matters. You've lived here your whole life, whether you know it or not.
Ethan Nichtern, the charismatic and creative force behind New York's upstart Interdependence Project ( is your guide to the beauty that is everywhere in the urban jungle-in the rattling of subway trains, the screechings of traffic, the hum and drone of millions scurrying for work, food, sustenance, art, culture, and meaning. There may be no greater setting for exploring the great truth that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expounded: Whatever effects one directly, effects all indirectly.

One City melds Dr. King's message with modern Buddhist wisdom to offer a new way of understanding what binds us all together-no matter where we are, no matter who. With its pop-culture savvy, humor, and literary liveliness, One City will speak to-and even, it's fair to say, help define-the spiritually-inclined, conscious Next Generation.

One City is destined to be a modern spiritual classic. Ethan has a powerful voice and is at the forefront of the new generation of spiritual revolutionaries.
—Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream

Nichtern speaks to us with keen, compassionate perception. This is your story and mine, alive and compelling.
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness, The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

This is the ancient wisdom of Buddhism made relevant for people who can watch TV while listening to their iPod and IM-ing friends.
—Susan Piver, author of How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life

This book is great. It should reach the next generation in the same way that classics by Jack Kornfield and Ram Dass reached mine. I'm sending a whole a bunch of copies to friends.
—State Senator Eric Schneiderman (New York)

Nichtern, a twenty-nine-year-old teacher in the Shambhala tradition, is perhaps well-suited to consider the ways in which modern life derails us from our efforts to remain open. Like the rest of us, he’s been long tethered to the wheel of communication technologies. (…) Nichtern, who grew up in a generation coveted by advertisers, knows well the effects of relentless consumerism: the rootless desire it creates, the feeling of constant inadequacy. 'So much time in life has been lost chasing the morphing ghosts of Cool,' he says, 'when I could’ve been learning how to be Kind.' (…) One City crackles at times with humor and fresh insight, as when Nichtern quotes from some of our more unexpected dharma masters (the rapper Nas: 'Life’s a bitch and then you die / that’s why we get high'; or the Velvet Underground: “Between thought and expression lies a lifetime”)…. It deals with the here and now, with the simple interactions that make up our daily lives. I wanted more of it, and I hope that Nichtern and others will continue to think in this direction.

One City comes to us as a trenchant and engaging call to an expanded awareness. Ethan Nichtern’s voice is fresh and compelling: Buddhism 3.0 meets the global consciousness movement.”
—Daniel Goleman, author Social Intelligence

At age 29, Nichtern is keenly aware of the consumer wallpaper of our everyday lives. For him, the myriad 'stuff' that surrounds us presents many occasions to realize what he calls 'The Real Internet'—seeing things as they are, with ties to everywhere in the world through a long chain of cause and effect. We may be awash in the materialism that feeds desire, says Nichtern, but interdependence makes the planet one city.—
Shambhala Sun

Ethan Nichtern is the charismatic young founder of The Interdependence Project (, a grass-roots movement bringing the principles of meditation and interconnectedness to the arts and activism. A student of the bestselling author Sakyong Mipham, he regularly leads meditation groups in New York City and around North America. He is the host of the popular podcast 21st Century Buddhism, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times at a rate of over 3000 each week. He lives in Brooklyn.

One City: a declaration of interdependence

ISBN / Product Code: 9780861715169

Format: Paperback

Length: 224 pages

Size: 225 x 150mm

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