Nick has devoted his life to practice and learning in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last 30 years. As a teacher he is inspired to create learning environments in which everyone feels empowered in their own journey, what he refers to as a “learner centric” approach.
He is synthesizing western and eastern psychology and spiritual practice,
in what he refers to as a “cultural translation” of Buddhism into our modern context.
With an emphasis on Nature as our teacher, and the idea that sangha or community, is about our mutual care and devotion to each others’ true natures and potential, hierarchy as an arbitrary force is diminished, and the power of open minded curiosity and learning is increased.
Nick also is focusing on innovation and creativity as expressions of true dharma, as opposed to stubborn traditionalism, so that the living dharma is discovered right within each of our own stories , lives and daily situations.
Nick has studied under Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche,Mingyur Rinpoche, Ato Rinpoche and many other great Tibetan Lamas
Nick is the founder of the practice of social meditation, which is practiced around the globe. He has trained hundreds of leaders using this form of practice.
Nick was a former senior Teacher in the Shambhala community.
Over the last years the Shambhala community has been reckoning with the harm that existed in its culture, and Nick continues to learn and grow from his personal mistakes, as well as his participation in that culture. He also engages in regular therapy which he recommends to all of his students. Having guidance and feedback from an expert outside of one’s tradition he feels is essential.
Here is his statement of his accountability