David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and Pema Chödrön. Nichtern is currently director of Buddhist studies and practice for OM yoga. He has served as director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont and director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International.
Nichtern works closely with his wife, Cyndi Lee (founder of OM yoga), to develop yoga and meditation workshops, music designed for yoga classes, and a variety of media projects incorporating yoga, meditation, and music. They lead yoga and meditation retreats worldwide and are cocreators of the DVD OM Yoga & Meditation Workshop.
Also a Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning musician, Nichtern wrote the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and is the founder of Nudgie Music, Dharma Moon Records, 5 Points Records, and the world fusion band Drala. He is a highly regarded producer, guitarist, and composer for film, television, and records. Throughout his career, Nichtern has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, and Krishna Das. He has also released a solo CD titled, From Here to Nichternity.