About Stephen Snyder

Fostering awakening and its embodiment in worldly life, through the application of authentic, rigorous Buddhist and modern practices.

Stephen began practicing daily meditation in 1976. Since then, he has studied Buddhism extensively–investigating and engaging in Zen, Tibetan, Theravada, and Western nondual traditions. Stephen was authorized to teach in 2007 by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, a Burmese meditation master and renowned scholar. In 2009, he coauthored Practicing the Jhānas, exploring concentration meditation as presented by Pa Auk Sayadaw.

Stephen’s resonant and warmhearted teaching style engages students around the globe through in-person and online retreats, as well as one-on-one coaching. He encourages students to turn toward awakened awareness and, through this realizing, embody their true identity. Stephen is also author of Stress Reduction for Lawyers, Law Students, and Legal Professionals and Buddha’s Heart.

From Stephen’s Students

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"With Stephen's thoughtful guidance—both in group talks and one-on-one sessions—I found a deep and lasting connection with my heart, and a taste of inner peace."

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"Stephen is the first teacher I have worked with who leaves me without a sense of inner conflict and whose conduct matches his teaching."

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"Stephen teaches in a clear, grounded, and thoughtful way, with a dash of humor. He has been an anchor for me as my practice has progressed over the years."

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"Because of daily meditation practice and Stephen's guidance, I feel more tender, capable, and peaceful in all aspects of life."

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"Stephen guided me into a whole new aspect of meditation that changed my perception of what meditation is about. In one-on-one meetings, Stephen always has useful and loving advice to offer."

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"I met Stephen during an incredibly difficult time… his gentle questioning, 'What else is here?' transmitted a recognition of great beauty in me that I'd neglected to see. In finding my own innate goodness, I came to know the innate goodness of life itself."

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"I was drawn to Stephen because he talks openly and concisely about the jhānas and how to have deeper realisations with these meditations. Being able to talk about these practices in a practical manner has shown me the possibilities of where the practice can lead to."