Awakening from the Daydream

Reimagining the Buddha’s Wheel of Life
Foreword by
Lodro Rinzler

Hell realms, gods, and hungry ghosts—these are just a few of the images on the Buddhist wheel of life. In Awakening from the Daydream, discover how these ancient symbols are still relevant to our modern life.



136 pages, 5 x 8 inches


ISBN 9781614290056

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“A wonderful extension of the powerful Dharma teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The transmission of these ancient lineages is intact in David’s hands as he continues to update the traditional Buddhist teachings and make them ever more accessible to the contemporary audience.”Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now


“David skillfully brings an ancient framework into a contemporary context and shows how working with these teachings can support our liberation right now. This is a wonderful book—pithy, relevant and fun to read. Plus the essay from Trungpa Rinpoche is a great bonus!”Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness


Awakening from the Daydream repurposes for our times an ancient map to freedom, giving us a smart and sure way to break out of the habitual grooves that bind us. David Nichtern speaks to us with a voice witty and wise. Deep wisdom in a spot-on package.”Daniel Goleman, author of A Force for Good and Emotional Intelligence

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:56 -- Kestrel Slocombe

“Traditionally in Buddhism, these six realms are viewed as actual, objective destinies into which one can be born, but Nichtern focuses on them as psychological and emotional states that we cycle through over the course of a lifetime, and maybe even over the course of a day or an hour. Unpacking these six states of mind and their emotional foundation, he shows us how we can use the Wheel of Life teachings, in combination with meditation practice, as a path to self-awareness and emotional freedom.”

Lion’s Roar

In Awakening from the Daydream, meditation teacher David Nichtern reimagines the ancient Buddhist allegory of the Wheel of Life. Famously painted at the entryway to Buddhist monasteries, the Wheel of Life encapsulates the entirety of the human situation. In the image of the Wheel we find a teaching about how to make sense of life and how to find peace within an uncertain world.

Nichtern writes with clarity and humor, speaking to our contemporary society and its concerns and providing simple practical steps for building a mindful, compassionate, and liberating approach to living.