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Awakening Dharma Events

2018

NEW Luminous Mind 14-day Awakening Retreat: Jan 19-Feb 1, 2018 at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Taught by Tina and Stephen. 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.

Luminous Mind 14-day Awakening Retreat: March 3-16, 2018, at the beautiful Seminario de Marola near Reggio Emilia, Italy. Taught by Stephen and Tina. 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: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at The Concord Institute in London, England, UK. Taught by Tina and Stephen. Register at https://www.concordinstitute.com/programme/mindfulness-samatha-meditation-2/#.

Introduction to Concentration Meditation Daylong: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA. Taught by Tina. Register at www.SpiritRock.org.

Focused Attention Stress Reduction Daylong (FASR)

Friday, October 19, 2018 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA – Taught by Tina. 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.

Traditional Buddhist Tools to Support a Modern Non-Dual Path
Thursday, October 25- Sunday, Oct. 28 (exact date/time TBD), 2018 at the Science and Non Duality Conference, San Jose, CA, USA. Taught by Tina. Register at www.scienceandnonduality.com.

The debate of whether awakening is sudden and without cause, or progressive and supported by practices, has raged for millennia. Strong evidence exists for both sides of the argument. The “do nothing” side points to the ever-present Ground that we are, which needs no practice of any kind to “Be” and to be realized. The “practice diligently” side points to the thousands of years of scientific testing (in places like Tibet) that spiritual practices (in this case Buddhist) have refined and honed, to increase the likelihood of awakening. Why choose? Both sides are true, if we embrace a both/and perspective rather than an either/or perspective.

In particular, the Tibetan Buddhist practice of dzogchen, with the support of a concentrated mindstream, have much to offer the modern non-dual practitioner in the recognition and stabilization of non-dual realization as part of our human experience. This session provides participants a brief overview of the practice elements in which non-dual realization can be actively cultivated, in addition to the possibility of non-duality being realized spontaneously. Non-dual practitioners curious about what has made Tibetan Buddhism endure throughout the ages, can find in this session some answers that highlight the rich wisdom and usefulness of these ancient practices, even (and maybe especially) in this modern age.

This session will also include neuroscience research highlighting the scientifically measurable benefits that Buddhist meditation has on not only the “software” of our personality conditioning, but the “hardware” of the grey matter of the brain. These benefits of meditation not only support realization of Reality, but provide health, relationship, and anti-aging advantages that have been discovered through neuroscience to support a modern human life.

 

2019

Focused Attention Stress Reduction Daylong (FASR) Friday, January 11, 2019 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA – Taught by Tina. Register at www.SpiritRock.org.


Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World
, 5-day Retreat:
January 18-23, 2019at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Taught by Tina and Stephen. Register at www.CloudMountain.org, or email info@CloudMountain.org for further details.

Dharma Talk: Friday, January 25, 2019 at Still Point PDX, Portland, Oregon, USA. Taught by Stephen and Tina. No pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.stillpointpdx.org.

Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World Daylong: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Still Point PDX, Portland, Oregon, USA. Taught by Tina and Stephen. No pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.stillpointpdx.org.

Understanding Awakening Weekend Non-residential Retreat: March 30-31, 2019 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA – Taught by Tina. Register at www.SpiritRock.org.

Introduction to Concentration Meditation Daylong: Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Seattle Insight Meditation Society, Seattle, Washington, USA. Taught by Stephen and Tina. Register at www.seattleinsight.org.

Weekend Non-residential Retreat: tentatively July 6-7, 2019 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, USA – Taught by Tina. Register at www.SpiritRock.org.

Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World Daylong: Aug. 2 and 3, 2019, in Stavanger, Norway. Friday night dharma talk, and Saturday daylong (can be attended separately), taught by Tina. (Registration available soon.) To pre-register, please email retreat organizer Thomas Jedensjö at thomasjedensjo@hotmail.com.

Luminous Mind 7-day Samatha Retreat: August 10-16, 2019, in Essex near London, England. (Registration available soon). Taught by Tina. Held at Bellropes Countryside Retreat http://www.bellropescountrysideretreat.co.uk/gallery/. To pre-register, please email retreat organizer Tomislav Maric at tenshk@hotmail.co.uk.

2020

Meditation Retreat (topic TBD): April 17-22, 2020,  at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Taught by Tina. Register at http://www.cloudmountain.org/retreats?retreat=85. All accommodations are single or double rooms (no triples).

Luminous Mind 7-day Samatha Retreat: tentatively, in Denmark. Taught by Tina.

Luminous Mind 14-day Awakening Retreat: tentatively, in Croatia. Taught by Tina.

Meditation Retreat (topic TBD): dates TBD, 2020,  at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Taught by Stephen. Register at http://www.cloudmountain.org/retreats?retreat=85. All accommodations are single or double rooms (no triples).

 

Dharma Talks and Retreats Upon Request at Your Location
We are available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location, either one of us of both of us, depending on your need. For a sample of our dharma talks, or to view videos of us, 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.