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 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.

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

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 Scheduled for March 2018

In Italy, we will be teaching a 2-week retreat from March 3-16, 2018. This will be our third time teaching in...

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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