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One City

A Declaration of Interdependence

Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

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.

About The Author

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (July 26, 2007)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861715169

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"Resonant and refreshing."

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"Fresh and compelling: Buddhism 3.0 meets the global consciousness movement."

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