Talks

Conscious TV Interviews

Conscious TV recently interviewed Tina and Stephen for their program. The Conscious TV program is broadcast on the internet, and in many countries worldwide, and features select spiritual teachers around the world.

Tina Rasmussen, “Living The Enlightenment Drive”

Stephen Snyder, “The Transformative and The Transcendent”

Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder, “Does Meditation Lead to Enlightenment?”

Dharma Talks

All of our public talks are available at DharmaSeed.org.  For list and a direct link to our talks, please see below.

  • 2018–Spirit Rock

  • July 21Concentration Medication: Purification of Mind (6:37:49), taught by Tina Rasmussen
  • 2018–Reggio Emilio, Italy

  • March 16 Italy Interview, Introductory Overview Talk (31:07) with Tina Rasmussen and Stephen SnyderThis interview provides an excellent overview of the teaching and work of Awakening Dharma, and Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder. » Download Transcript
  • 2017–Spirit Rock

  • July 11Concentration Meditation and the Jhanas (6:15:06), taught by Stephen Snyder
  • 2017–Spirit Rock

  • January 7Focused Attention: Meditation for Developing Concentration and Serenity (6:03:23) with Tina RasmussenPracticing focused attention meditation collects the mind stream and “builds the muscle” of concentration, enabling us to turn away from the constant pull of our smartphones, computer screens, games, and entertainment, allowing us to settle into the serenity of our deeper nature. The practice also reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer both on and off the cushion. Then, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and deep joy.
  • 2016–Cloud Mountain

  • June 14Anapanasati Concentration / Samatha Meditation 30 minutes with full instructions and reminders (30:04) with Tina RasmussenTina Rasmussen provides 6 minutes of instruction on mindfulness of breathing meditation (anapanasati), a form of concentration / samatha meditation, followed by 24 minutes of silent meditation that includes 3 brief reminders.
  • 2016–Cloud Mountain

  • June 14Posture Instructions 10 minutes (10:48) with Tina RasmussenTina Rasmussen provides a 10 minute overview on how to support your meditation practice by setting up your posture at the beginning of each sitting period. Guided instructions are provided to create a supportive posture before you begin meditation.

 

Buddhist Geeks Interview

Below is our interview by Vince Horn at BuddhistGeeks. It was a lot of fun talking with Vince about the “Jedi Warrior Training” the yogis described experiencing one of our retreats.

Part 1: BG 159: Mastering the Jhanas  Transcripts

Part 2: BG 160: The Jedi Mind Training of Concentration  Transcripts

Theravada Dhamma Society Talk

at the Request of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw

In November, 2009, we were invited by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw to give a talk to the Theravada Dhamma Society, a Burmese Buddhist community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below is a hotlink to the talk in two parts (as the talk was 2 hours long.) This talk is a good condensed overview of the samatha practice as it is presented in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.

Samatha Practice Overview Part 1

Samatha Practice Overview Part 2

 

Monthly Practice Group Dharma Talks

These talks, recorded at our January-May, 2008 monthly sitting group, describe the Samatha meditation practice as presented in the tradition of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. This practice leads to purification of mind and the development of powerful concentration that can lessen suffering and and increase the joy of Being, and can lead to the meditative absorptions known as jhanas. To listen or download in MP3 format, please click on the hotlink below each talk, which will take you to the www.DharmaSeed.com where these talks are stored. The talks build on each other, so it is helpful to listen to them in the order they were presented.

Talk #1

Overview of the Samatha Practice

Includes:  The three stages of practice (Sila, Samatha, Vipassana); The Buddha’s practice of the jhanas; Why do this practice?; and an overview of the path of practice as taught by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw; meditation instructions. Please also download the accompanying Practice Chart from the hotlink below, which accompanies the audio.

Talk #1 – Overview of the Jhana Practice
 
Length of talk: 43 minutes | File size: 29.3 MB
Click here to download the Practice Chart that accompanies this talk

Talk #2

The Three Types of Concentration, and the Territory from the First Sit to First Jhana

Includes: What is concentration? The three types of concentration (momentary, access and absorption) and the differences between them; the progression of practice from your first sitting all the way through entering first jhana; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #2 – The Three Types of Concentration, and the Territory from the First Sit to First Jhana
 
Length of talk: 48 minutes | File size: 33 MB

Talk #3

How the Jhana Factors Neutralize the Hindrances, and Concentration Practice as Purification of Mind

Includes: Jhana factors overview; how hindrances relate to jhana factors; the role of sila / wholesomeness in this practice; how concentration practice leads to purification of mind; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #3 – How the Jhana Factors Neutralize the Hindrances, and Concentration Practice as Purification of Mind
 
Length of talk: 1 hour 14 minutes | File size: 50.7 MB
Click here to download the Jhana Factors / Hindrances Chart that accompanies this talk

Talk #4

Skillful Effort

Includes: intention; surrender; persistence; Yin and Yang; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #4 – Skillful Effort
 
Length of talk: 1 hour 22 minutes | File size: 56.3 MB

Talk #5

Actions that Support Practice; The Five Jhana Masteries; “Psychic Powers”

Includes: silence, breathing, timing, resolves; the masteries required in completing a jhana and moving on to the next; and what is meant by “psychic powers” and whether they are necessary; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #5 – Actions that Support Practice; The Five Jhana Masteries; “Psychic Powers”
 
Length of talk: 1 hour 22 minutes | File size: 56.3 MB