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Discovering Relaxation in a Turbulent World

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Discovering Relaxation in a Turbulent World

With an ongoing global health pandemic, economic uncertainty, civil rights changes underway, heavily contested political elections, and returning children to school, few times in history have been as thoroughly stressful day to day. We all find stress challenging to manage. How can we relax in an easy yet lasting way? By tapping into our innate goodness.   The First Step to True Relaxation The effects of stress include fatigue, sleeplessness, easily triggered emotions of irritability and anger, anxiety, depression, headaches,...

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Stephen’s Conscious TV interview released

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Stephen’s Conscious TV interview released

“Transformation and Transcendence” Conscious TV recently interviewed both Stephen and Tina, and has now published the interview with Stephen and announced it to their viewership, and will also be broadcasting it in several countries. It was filmed a few weeks ago while they were teaching in London. Some of you may know the program, in which spiritual teachers such as A.H. Almaas, Adyashanti, Reggie Ray, Mantak Chia, Sandra Maitri, and many others have been interviewed. The first 55 minutes is Stephen’s interview. The next 40...

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Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

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Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

It is easy in these times to feel overwhelmed by the media’s skewed focus on sensationalized, negative news stories that capture our attention. However, the facts (as studied by historians and other impartial experts) show that we are living overall in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history, for people across the planet. Check out economis Max Roser’s www.ourlworldindata.org (the visual histories on the bottom right are excellent), and also www.humanprogress.org which aggregates data from the World Bank,...

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Italy and London Events Held March 2018

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Italy and London Events Held March 2018

We taught our third retreat in Italy, a 2-week retreat, in March 2018. In London, we taught our first UK event, a daylong on March 17, 2018. Our Europe events have drawn people from many countries in Europe and beyond. Our 1-week retreat in 2016 included 35 retreatants from 11 countries, including Italy, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden, and other European retreats have included people from Greece, Croatia, Spain, Norway and the USA. This stunning drawing of Ven. Pa Auk...

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Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

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Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

Practice as a Balm in Stressful Times Question from a student: Recently, I have begun a very emotionally stressful period in my life.  I have been called to my meditation practice more often to try and quiet my mind. I have often in the past turned to my practice in times of stress for clarity, guidance and divine connection. During a couple of my sittings intense emotions have bubbled up mostly in the form of sadness and crying. I think my breathing when starting those sittings was a bit shallow and as the breathing deepened the emotion...

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Korean and Italian Versions of Practicing the Jhanas

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Korean and Italian Versions of Practicing the Jhanas

Practicing the Jhanas is now available in Korean and Italian, as well as English. We appreciate the beauty of the Korean cover, shown here.

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First Month-long Retreat Held at Cloud Mountain

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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 Castle Rock, Washington. We had 37 participants from 8 countries around the world. It was a deep and profound experience, for us as well as the yogis who attended. One of our criteria was that all accommodations would be singles, which worked out well for the participants. We have decided to offer another month-long retreat in 2017–look for information soon.

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First European Retreat Held in Tuscany, Italy

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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 Europe, Sept. 21-29, 2013, thanks to the sponsorship of Dr. Andrea Serafino. Yogis from 11 different countries attended the retreat. Here is a hotlink to a 2-minute video summary of the retreat. http://youtu.be/NREuDy3vT-U We are considering offering future retreats in Italy. If you are interested in our future European events, please email us via our Contacts...

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International Vipassana Teachers Conference

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International Vipassana Teachers Conference

We were delighted to be invited to the International Vipassana Teachers Conference in June 2013, along with about 90 other Buddhist Teachers from around the world.  We appreciated being with such a dedicated group of teachers and practitioners. Much of the agenda focused on issues of engaged Buddhism, such as diversity and inclusion, and climate change.

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Stephen Interviewed by Non-Duality Magazine

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Stephen Interviewed by Non-Duality Magazine

Stephen was recently interviewed by Nonduality Magazine, an online magazine featuring interviews with teachers from a wide variety of traditions. Read the interviews at the hotlinks below… www.nondualitymagazine.org/nonduality_magazine.5.stephensnyder.htm [/box]

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