Tina & Stephen’s Events
NEW 14-day Awakening Retreat: Jan 19-Feb 1, 2018 at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Register at http://www.cloudmountain.org/retreats?retreat=85. All accommodations are single or double rooms (no triples).
This retreat will be the same as our regular 2-week retreat (see description on Descriptions page), except that the retreat will be set in the larger context of awakening. The first few days will include the overall View of enlightenment, and the basis in the heart for a full practice and motivation. The majority or the retreat will focus on the samatha practice. And for the last few days of the retreat, we will build upon the foundation of samatha concentration to explore the non-dual awareness, (and how this builds upon samatha and vipassana), which enables one to be present with what is with eyes open, awake to the world.
Dharma Talk: February 22, 2018, Madrid, Spain at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Registration info available soon.)
Intro to Concentration Meditation Daylong: February 24, 2018, Madrid, Spain at the Nirakara Institute (Register at www.Nirakara.org.)
Purification of Mind 14-day Retreat: March 3-16, 2018, at the beautiful Seminario de Marola near Reggio Emilia, Italy. All accommodations are single rooms. This will be the same as our regular 2-week retreat (see description on Descriptions page), except that for the last few days of the retreat, we will build upon the foundation of samatha concentration to explore the open awareness of rigpa, which enables one to be present with what is with eyes open, awake to the world. Rigpa is the pinnacle of The Tibetan Buddhist dzogchen practice, in which concentration supports the sustaining of awakened awareness as one engages with life. For those who are interested, we will take the first steps in the dzogchen rigpa practice as it builds on the samatha practice. Talks for the last few days will focus on awakening itself, the non-duality of original mind. Those who wish to continue with the samatha practice for the entire retreat are also welcome to do so. Register at www.JhanaRetreat.com, or complete the contact form at http://www.jhanaretreat.com/en/2017/06/22/ritiro-tina-rasmussen-stephen-snyder-marzo-2018/ for further details.
Introduction to Concentration Meditation Daylong: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA – Register at www.SpiritRock.org.
NEW Focused Attention Daylong (FASR)–Meditation for Developing Concentration and Serenity: Friday, October 19, 2018 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA – Register at www.SpiritRock.org.
In focused attention meditation, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind stream. This practice counteracts the overstimulation of today’s world, reflected in books like “The Shallows” that highlight the neurological effects of social media, texting, and technology that bombard our awareness with messages, alerts, and feeds. Practicing 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. This daylong is open to all. There will be instructions and meditation, silence, and periods of teaching and questions. Prerequisite: none.
Introduction to Concentration Meditation 5-day Retreat: January 18-23, 2019, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Register at www.CloudMountain.org, or email info@CloudMountain.org for further details.
Introduction to Concentration Meditation Daylong: Feb 9 or 10, 2019, in Stavanger, Norway. (Registration available soon.)
Concentration Meditation–Purification of Mind 8-day Retreat: February 16-24, 2019, in Whales, UK. (Registration available soon).
Dharma Talks and Retreats Upon Request at Your Location
We are available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location. For a sample of our dharma talks, please visit the Dharma Talks page. If you or your sangha are interested in organizing a retreat or dharma talk for us to lead, please contact us directly as found on the Contacts Us page.