Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world. -- Sri Ramana Maharshi

Recent Work

Recent developments in our teaching, writing, and audio offerings to the dharma community.

What is concentration meditation and the jhana practice?

The jhana practice is an ancient type of concentration meditation (samatha) that predates written history as a method to purify the mind. It was taught to the Buddha by his teachers, and he practiced and taught the jhanas throughout his life. This practice was so important to him, that jhana meditation was his last act before he died.

Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma is considered by many to be the leading Buddhist jhana teacher alive today. Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder were taught personally by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who has authorized them as the first Western lay people to teach the samatha practices as the Sayadaw taught them. Their book, Practicing the Jhanas, is an accessible and direct experiential account of samatha practice. Their book has been endorsed by the Sayadaw, Joseph Goldstein, Guy Armstrong, Richard Shankman, Rick Hanson, and others, and is published by Shambhala Publications.

They offer several services to practitioners interested in the samatha practices of which the jhanas are a part. Their services are for both experienced meditators interested in deepening their concentration practice, as well as new meditators beginning a concentration practice.

  • Retreats
  • Daylong intensives
  • Dharma talks at your location
  • One-on-one spiritual guidance
  • Free downloads of dharma talks on the jhanas practice
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What's New

November 12, 2014 |

Join us on the Insight Timer! Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation Group

We now have a virtual sitting group on the Insight Timer! The Insight Timer is a great app for timing your...

November 3, 2014 |

Introducing Heather Young, Teacher-in-Training

We are pleased to announce Heather Young as Teacher-in-Training for Awakening Dharma.  Heather’s enthusiasm...

October 10, 2014 |

Second Italy Retreat Aug. 2015

Due to the great response to our first Italy retreat in Sept. 2013, we are holding our second retreat in Italy,...

October 7, 2014 |

First Month-long Retreat Held at Cloud Mountain

We held our first month-long (27-day) retreat from Sept. 6-Oct. 3,2014, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in...

June 30, 2014 |

Brian Gavin Authorized to Teach Daylongs, Dharma Talks

Brian Gavin is now authorized to teach daylongs and give dharma talks, in addition to teaching his ongoing group...

October 1, 2013 |

First European Retreat Held in Tuscany, Italy

Our first European retreat was be held at the Lama Tsong Kapa Institute, the largest Tibetan Buddhist Center in...

July 7, 2013 |

International Vipassana Teachers Conference

We were delighted to be invited to the International Vipassana Teachers Conference in June 2013, along with about...

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