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New 4-Minute Video on “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice”

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New 4-Minute Video on “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice”

Tina has released a new 4-minute video summarizing the tremendous benefits of committing to the Samatha (concentration and serenity) practice. The benefits are both practical, and can lead to significant experiences of our deeper nature. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

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Buddha at the Gas Pump Interviews Tina

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Buddha at the Gas Pump Interviews Tina

Tina was recently interviewed by “Buddha at the Gas Pump”, a site that enables people to relate and share their experiences of spiritual awakening. The video has had more than 10,000 views.

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Tina Interviewed by Meaning of Life

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Tina Interviewed by Meaning of Life

Tina’s interview on the “Meaning of Life” website is now available. Tina’s interview is titled “The Meaning of Life:  Awakening to our True Nature.” The site features interviews with leaders from all fields and walks of life, about their view of the meaning of life. View the page here: https://excellencereporter.com/2018/05/18/tina-rasmussen-the-meaning-of-life-awakening-to-our-true-nature/

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Stephen’s Conscious TV interview released

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Stephen’s Conscious TV interview released

“Transformation and Transcendence” Conscious TV recently interviewed both Stephen and Tina, and has now published the interview with Stephen and announced it to their viewership, and will also be broadcasting it in several countries. It was filmed a few weeks ago while they were teaching in London. Some of you may know the program, in which spiritual teachers such as A.H. Almaas, Adyashanti, Reggie Ray, Mantak Chia, Sandra Maitri, and many others have been interviewed. The first 55 minutes is Stephen’s interview. The next 40...

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Tina Interviewed on Conscious TV

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Tina Interviewed on Conscious TV

Conscious TV’s interview of Tina, “Living the Enlightenment Drive,” is now available and includes the 55 minute interview, a 40 minute segment discussion with Tina, Stephen and the hosts Iain and Renate, and a 7 minute guided meditation at the end. This program is broadcast on the internet, and in many countries worldwide. Conscious TV features select spiritual teachers around the world. Here’s the hotlink: http://conscious.tv/single.php?vid=5761500972001 The description on the Conscious TV website is as...

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Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

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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 stories that capture our attention. However, the facts (as studied by historians and other impartial experts) show that we are living overall in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history, for people across the planet. Check out economis Max Roser’s www.ourlworldindata.org (the visual histories on the bottom right are excellent), and also www.humanprogress.org which aggregates data from the World Bank,...

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Italy and London Events Held March 2018

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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 daylong on March 17, 2018. Our Europe events have drawn people from many countries in Europe and beyond. Our 1-week retreat in 2016 included 35 retreatants from 11 countries, including Italy, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden, and other European retreats have included people from Greece, Croatia, Spain, Norway and the USA. This stunning drawing of Ven. Pa Auk...

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Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

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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 period in my life.  I have been called to my meditation practice more often to try and quiet my mind. I have often in the past turned to my practice in times of stress for clarity, guidance and divine connection. During a couple of my sittings intense emotions have bubbled up mostly in the form of sadness and crying. I think my breathing when starting those sittings was a bit shallow and as the breathing deepened the emotion...

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Yale Neuroscience Article on Concentration Meditation; Tina was a research subject

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Yale Neuroscience Article on Concentration Meditation; Tina was a research subject

In this article, Dr. Judson Brewer (former director of the Yale Neuroscience Clinic, and current director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness at U-Mass) and his associates summarize the research for which Tina was one of the meditation subjects, as an advanced meditator. The study focuses on the activation and deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex center (PCC) of the brain through concentration meditation. The PCC is thought by some to be the center of the sense of self within the brain. Especially interesting is their...

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Korean and Italian Versions of Practicing the Jhanas

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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 Korean cover, shown here.

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