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


Cultivating the Luminous Mind

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 when people asked him what to practice, this is the practice he referenced in as many as 60-80% of the suttas, throughout his life. This practice was so important to him, that it was his last act before he died.

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 in his lineage. Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma is considered by many to be the leading Buddhist jhana meditation master alive today. Their book, Practicing the Jhanas, is an accessible and direct experiential account of the samatha practice, and is published by Shambhala.

Practicing the Jhanas Book

Tina and Stephen are teachers of awakening to a deeper Reality and Truth, beyond our conventional way of understanding human experience. They offer teaching and spiritual mentoring to both new and experience practitioners. As part of the cultivation of the “luminous mind” referenced in many spiritual lineages, they teach many practices including samatha, vipassana, dzogchen, and modern non-duality, which cultivate a fertile ground for the seeds of liberation to grow and become established in daily life.  Stephen and Tina have lead events and worked with people one-on-one from more than 50 countries around the world, since 2007. Services offered both in-person and on-line include:

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

April 3, 2018 |

Conscious TV Interviews Tina and Stephen

Conscious TV has interviewed Tina and Stephen for their program. Tina’s program, “Living the...

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 |

Italy and London Events Held March 2018

We taught our third retreat in Italy, a 2-week retreat, in March 2018. In London, we taught our first UK event, a...

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...

November 12, 2014 |

Join us on the Insight Timer! Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation Group

We now have a virtual sitting group on the Insight Timer! The Insight Timer is a great app for timing your...

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