Awakening from the Daydream - Praise

Reimagining the Buddha’s Wheel of Life

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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ISBN 9781614290063

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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

“A powerful and highly-insightful commentary and feel that it will be valued and enjoyed by all – irrespective of any spiritual and religious beliefs.”—Spirituality Today

“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 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

“A guide book for anyone confused by the Gordian Knot of existence. It will put the wheel of life into sharp relief with a capital R. Masterful insight from a master.”—Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author

“David Nichtern is one of the most effortless and effective teachers I have ever met. He’s funny and smart, which I love, but even better he uses his humor and intelligence to transmit a deeper message that can truly change your life. Get into it!”—Pete Holmes, comedian and host of You Made It Weird

“The Buddhist wheel of life reveals a tragic human irony—that we humans author the very distress we are seeking to avoid. As a heart son of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, David is uniquely equipped to help us explore and unravel this profound irony—his lively wisdom and sharp humor are exactly what we need in these difficult times.”—Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work

“As a long-time Buddhist practitioner, there are a few people I have turned to over and over to help me make sense of the dharma and David Nichtern is one of them. His insights comfort and shock in equal measure and this book is no exception. If you are looking for an introduction to the Buddhist path that is both gentle and fierce, this is the book for you. Using the iconic Wheel of Life as the gateway, it goes beyond the academic to offer real-life insights into how to transform your suffering into wisdom and joy. I’m so happy this book exists. PS, he is incredibly funny.”Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now and founder of the Open Heart Project

“Imagine yourself deeply asleep in a dormitory filled with everyone in the whole world. From way down inside your darkness, you hear a voice sweetly calling your name… “Hey! my friend, time to get up. Time to get up. Come out and play!” You slowly open your tired eyes a little and see the smiling face of your friend calling to you. That is this book, Awakening From The Daydream by David Nichtern, calling out to wake us from our dreamy slumber.”Krishna Das, kirtan vocalist◊

“Nichtern’s warm tone and gentle encouragement make this straightforward, clear, and current introduction to Buddhist thought and practice an ideal starting place for those seeking any type of mindfulness.”—Publishers Weekly

“In this helpful work, Nichtern clarifies the meaning and purpose of the ancient Buddhist allegory of life which has been painted on the entryways to Buddhist monasteries around the world.”—Spirituality & Practice

“[Nichtern] shows us how we can use the Wheel of Life teachings, in combination with meditation practice, as a path to self-awareness and freedom.”—Lion’s Roar

“[Awakening from the Daydream] is, simply put, fantastic...readable, relatable, humorous, and, honest, simple and yet wholly depthful. There are few books that I can recommend wholeheartedly. Nichtern’s Awakening From the Daydream, however, happens to be one of them that I can. It is a wholehearted lesson on living and dying and interacting with our lives as a whole.”—The Tattooed Buddha