CONFIDENCE: Holding Your Seat Through Life’s Eight Worldly Winds (Hybrid)

with Ethan Nichtern

June 27th

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Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.

Open to All; Donations welcome

In today’s culture of intense polarization and constant change, author Ethan Nichtern demonstrates how to find the confidence to navigate life’s challenges. At this inspiring event based on his new book Confidence, Ethan will explore mindfulness and use the lens of the Buddhist concept of the Eight Worldly Winds, the four paired opposites of praise and blame, pleasure and pain, fame and insignificance, and success and failure, to offer a fresh perspective on what being confident can really mean.

“The ability to stay present with a difficult moment or uncomfortable emotion is called ‘holding your seat.’” writes Nichtern. “To hold your seat means to demonstrate confidence without bluster. This power comes from presence, from knowing that life is full of forces that can make you either howl at the wind or go hide in a corner, and understanding that these forces are never going to stop moving.”

Shambhala Chicago will host this powerful evening, open to all — in-person and virtually! Doors open at 6:30pm. In-person attendees will also have opportunity for author’s book signing. Shambhala Chicago members' discount applies to all book purchases during this event. Registration for this event affords you a Zoom link should you wish to attend virtually.

About the Author

white man with short brown hair and blue shirt wistfully smiling while gazing upwards in front of a metal shutter doorEthan Nichtern is the author of Confidence: Holding Your Seat through Life’s Eight Worldly Winds and several other titles, including the widely acclaimed The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path. A renowned contemporary Buddhist teacher and the host of The Road Home Podcast, Nichtern has offered meditation and Buddhist psychology classes at conferences, meditation centers, yoga studios, and universities, including Brown, Yale, and NYU. He has been featured by CNN, NPR, the New York Times, Vogue, and Business Insider and has written for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and more. He lives in Brooklyn. Visit him online at