David Nichtern, who worked with Walter Becker on the 2005 Krishna Das album All One
, is a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhism as well as a guitarist/producer. When we spoke with Nichtern
, he explained: "Bodhisattvas are a certain aspect of Buddhism, and they're a kind of compassionate beings. Their specialty is helping other beings. It'd be similar to the concept of a saint in Christian tradition. They really dedicate their lives towards the well being of others."