White Heron Sangha

Introduction to Concentration Meditation - Weekend Retreat with Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder

  • 28 Jan 2017
  • 9:30 AM
  • 29 Jan 2017
  • 3:00 PM
  • Veterans Memorial Building | 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay


  • The retreat fee covers both days but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher, which can be made online on our donations page or by check or cash at the retreat.
  • * The retreat price is $50, but if you can't afford the full retreat fee, please pay what you can. If you pay online, enter the amount you're able to pay and an adjustment will be made to the invoice later.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Barbara Scott: (805)541-6099.

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This 2-Day Non-Residential Retreat with Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder will combine meditation instruction and practice as well as talks on the benefits that concentration meditation can bring to our daily lives. All levels of practitioners and beginners are welcome to attend.

Concentration or serenity meditation (samatha) is one of the three major practices of the Buddhist path, which also include practicing with the ethical principles (sila), and insight meditation (vipassana). In concentration practice, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind stream.

Samatha practice is often referred to as “purification of mind” and it does that in two ways. First, the practice reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer both on and off the meditation cushion. Second, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and joy, as well as the possibility of the arising of deep meditative absorptions known as the jhanas.

This retreat offers an overview of mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) concentration meditation as taught in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, considered by many to be the leading living teacher of samatha practice and the jhanas.

Tina Rasmussen, PhD, learned to meditate in 1976, at the age of 13. In 2003, she completed a year-long silent solo retreat. In 2005 she was ordained as a Theravadan Buddhist nun by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma who later authorized her to teach. She has worked as a professional coach and organization development consultant for more than 25 years. She completed her Ph.D. in 1995, and has authored several published books on humanistic business practices.

Stephen Snyder, JD, began practicing Buddhist meditation in 1976, and has had a daily meditation practice since. He practiced for 20 years with several Western Zen masters, participating in more than 50 retreats and receiving several ordinations. In 2005, he completed a retreat with Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, who later authorized him to teach.

Tina and Stephen are a married couple and offer teaching and retreats to students worldwide. Together, they have co-written a meditation manual, Practicing The Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation As Presented By The Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw. For more information about them, please visit their website at www.JhanasAdvice.com.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 9:30AM - 3:00PM

Veterans Memorial Building, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay  (map)

$50, ($25 for young adults) which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.

Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. We encourage you to attend both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings.

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers only the retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. A dana (donation) basket will be available to help support the work of the teacher. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher will be provided at the retreat.

You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or at the door (cash or check only). Pre-registration is preferred but is not required.

Bring your lunch. Tea and snacks will be provided. Bring a mat and cushion if you want to sit on the floor. Chairs will be available. For questions, contact Bobbe Scott at barbascott@sbcglobal.net or 805-541-6099.

Please park in designated parking spaces only, being aware of fire lanes and driveways. No dogs allowed in the building or eating areas, except for service dogs. 






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