Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world. -- Sri Ramana Maharshi

Recent Work

Recent developments in our teaching, writing, and audio offerings to the dharma community.

What is concentration meditation and the jhana practice?

The jhana practice is an ancient type of concentration meditation (samatha) that predates written history as a method to purify the mind. It was taught to the Buddha by his teachers, and he practiced and taught the jhanas throughout his life. This practice was so important to him, that jhana meditation was his last act before he died.

Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma is considered by many to be the leading Buddhist jhana teacher alive today. Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder were taught personally by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who authorized them as the first Western lay people to teach the samatha practices as the Sayadaw taught them. Their book, Practicing the Jhanas, is an accessible and direct experiential account of the samatha practice. Their book has been endorsed by the Sayadaw, Joseph Goldstein, Guy Armstrong, Richard Shankman, Rick Hanson, and others, and is published by Shambhala Publications.

They offer several services to practitioners interested in the Buddhist path of awakening, including samatha as well as other practices that lead to liberation. Their services are for both experienced meditators interested in deepening their practice, as well as new meditators beginning a practice.

  • Retreats
  • Daylong intensives
  • Dharma talks at your location
  • One-on-one spiritual guidance
  • Free downloads of dharma talks
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What's New

August 10, 2017 |

Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

It is easy in these times to feel overwhelmed by the media’s skewed focus on sensationalized, negative news...

March 10, 2017 |

Spain and Italy Events Scheduled for Feb-March 2018

In Madrid, we will be giving a dharma talk on Feb. 22 and a daylong on Feb. 24, 2018. In Italy, we will be...

November 17, 2016 |

Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

Practice as a Balm in Stressful Times Question from a student: Recently, I have begun a very emotionally stressful...

June 4, 2016 |

Yale Neuroscience Article Investigates How Concentration Meditation Deactivates the “Me”

In this article, Dr. Judson Brewer (former director of the Yale Neuroscience Clinic, and current...

March 4, 2016 |

Korean and Italian Versions of Practicing the Jhanas

Practicing the Jhanas is now available in Korean and Italian, as well as English. We appreciate the beauty of the...

December 28, 2015 |

Awakening Buddhist Women Feature Tina

Awakening Buddhist Women featured Tina in their Dec. 14 blog. The post is an overview of an article on Tina in...

September 10, 2015 |

Second Italy Retreat Held Aug. 2015

This 1-week retreat included 35 retreatants from 11 countries, including Italy of course, as well as Austria,...

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