Videos

Please see below for our growing list of online videos.

 

GuruViking–Steve James

Interview with Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen Ph.D, is a meditation teacher and author who is best known as being the first Western woman to master the virtuoso-level shamata meditation system of Pa Auk Sayadaw.

In this interview we learn about Tina’s life-defining quest for enlightenment which inspired her 1-year solo retreat in which her practice of Dzogchen triggered not only massive energetic phenomena but also a profound spiritual awakening.

We hear all about Tina’s training and authorisation under the notoriously rigorous Pa Auk Sayadaw, culminating in mastery of all 8 jhanas, with all ten kasinas, and much more.

We also discuss issues such as integration of awakening in professional life, romantic relationship after enlightenment, and sexual scandal among meditation teachers.

Topics Include:

0:00 – Intro

00:53 – Learning meditation at 13 years old

03:19 – Rediscovering the spiritual path after divorce

07:10 – Discovering a natural faculty for deep meditation experiences

10:31 – Straddling deep practice and high end business consulting

14:11 – Why Tina outed herself as a meditator in her professional life

18:36 – Effects of Tina’s spiritual practice on her romantic relationships, and meeting Stephen Snyder

24:10 – Rewired romantic life after enlightenment and Tibetan Tantra

29:20 – Tina’s 1 year solo retreat

40:55 – Extreme energetic experiences and DIY Tummo

44:21 – Tsoknyi Rinpoche and subtle body trauma

50:38 – The challenges of working with very popular teachers

55:33 – Finding mentors as an advanced practitioner

58:52 – Tina’s dream yoga practice and 24hr meditation

1:02:31 – Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche

1:03:24 – Tina’s Dzogchen practice

1:06:53 – Mastering shamata meditation under Pa Auk Sayadaw’s instruction

1:20:14 – Which is more difficult, shamata or awakening?

1:22:06 – The consequences of jhana mastery

1:27:14 – Scandals among spiritual teachers, levels of awakening, and personality material

1:33:21 – Defining ‘Do No Harm’ and the need for psychological understanding

1:43:20 – Working with Tina

 

GuruViking–Steve James

Interview with Stephen Snyder

GuruViking Steve James talks with Stephen Snyder, meditation teacher and author who is perhaps best known as being the first non-monastic Western man to master the virtuoso-level shamata meditation system of Pa Auk Sayadaw. We learn about Stephen’s early fascination with meditation, teaching himself Zen practice from books for years before attending his first traditional sesshin. We also explore Stephen’s vivid past life memories in detail. At 28 Stephen had a radical spiritual awakening, went on to develop unique processes to integrate that awakening and improve his behaviours. We also discuss how Stephen’s professional role as a lawyer to various Zen masters revealed to him the importance of combining psychological work with spiritual practice. In 2018 Stephen had a serious stroke, during which he was thrust into a profound experience of what he calls the Vajra Body. In the last part of the interview Stephen recounts this incident and details the realisations that followed.

Topics include:

01:00 – Childhood meditation experiences

03:30 – Learning Zen practice from books

05:04 – Encountering Zen monks at 3 years old

06:55 – Stephen’s past life experiences

12:56 – Siddhis and special powers that can arise from concentration practice

16:26 – Choosing the right practice

19:10 – Stephen’s first Zen retreat

21:18 – Learning to sit through pain

23:14 – Radical awakening at age 28

28:00 – Stephen’s strategies for working with the personality material after awakening

39:30 – Recognising awakened people

41:09 – Integrating spiritual experience in work and daily life

46:33 – Working with recurring interpersonal conflict

48:00 – When to stay in conflict and when to walk away

51:44 – Lessons learned lawyering for Zen Masters

56:20 – Meeting Tina Rasmussen and a mutual recognition

1:00:53– Mastering the jhanas with Pa Auk Sayadaw

1:08:03 – Meditations to train disgust towards the body

1:13:04 – Current book projects

1:14:58 – Stephen’s stroke in 2018 and experience of the Vajra Body

1:23:54 – Cultivating the Vajra Body

1:28:40 – How to contact Stephen

 

Conscious TV Buddha at the Gas Pump–Rick Archer

Interview with Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen was interviewed by “Buddha at the Gas Pump“, a site that enables people to relate and share their experiences of spiritual awakening.

Conscious TV Conscious TV (external video links)

Tina Rasmussen ‘Living The Enlightenment Drive’

Stephen Snyder ‘The Transformative and The Transcendent’

Miscellaneous Videos

2018 Interview in Reggio Emilio, Italy

This interview provides an excellent overview of the teaching and work of Awakening Dharma, and Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder.