Online benefit for Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

Online benefit for Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

As you likely know, last year was very challenging for our refuge spaces and residential retreat centers, Cloud Mountain Retreat Center among them. As things begin to open up, I was delighted to offer my first-in-months residential retreat at Cloud Mountain in April. As a extension of my gratitude to their center and team, I am offering an online event in June from which all proceeds will go to Cloud Mountain. I’d love for you to join in...

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Life Transformation Radio Interview About Spiritual Mentorship

Life Transformation Radio Interview About Spiritual Mentorship

Rob Actis at Life Transformation Radio recently interviewed Stephen. You can listen to the audio here: www.lifetransformationradio.com Rob and Stephen discussed how to live an embodied life of deep contemplative spiritual practice. Their conversation also explored: • Fully embracing the teaching of Buddhist heart meditations. • Living life in close harmony with the heart of the universe. • Not holding too tight a definition of who I am, as...

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Being Well Podcast Interview with Rick and Forrest Hanson: Mindful Practice in the Real World

Being Well Podcast Interview with Rick and Forrest Hanson: Mindful Practice in the Real World

Thank you to Forrest and Rick Hanson for inviting Stephen as a guest on their Being Well podcast. Their thoughtful questions invited an interesting discussion about awakening, deepening self-realizations, and nibbāna itself. Including a look at how the ancient Buddhist heart meditations and practices can lead to these transcendent states arising within awareness and consciousness. You can stream audio here:...

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Thriver’s Podcast Interview About Meditation’s Deeper Dimensions

Thriver’s Podcast Interview About Meditation’s Deeper Dimensions

Donny Mac at the Thriver’s podcast recently interviewed Stephen. You can stream audio here: www.thriverspodcast.com Donny and Stephen’s conversation took a deep dive into the dynamics of meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Some of the subjects they discussed include: • Stephen’s path to the Theravada tradition and his experience with Zen practice. • Books Practicing the Jhānas and Buddha’s Heart. • What...

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Discovering Relaxation in a Turbulent World

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,...

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