In-Person Events & Retreats

Demystifying Awakening Retreat
Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, 2024

Date: February 23–29, 2024

Location:

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA

Information & Registration: Please apply here

INVESTMENT: $420/$510/$600 plus teacher dana

DURATION: 6 NIGHTS, Friday to Thursday

The retreat will include dharma talks on the process of awakening, our resistances, how it unfolds, what changes in us in, and after, awakening.

We will also learn and practice meditations that invite and support awakening, including ample time for questions and comments in the thorough, yet warmly accessible, style of Stephen Snyder.

This retreat will focus on: What is awakening? How does awakening work? What is our true nature? What is a 1st awakening? What happens after a 1st awakening? What other realizations are a potential of the path? What are the similarities and differences in the Zen and Theravada Buddhist models of awakening? Which meditations and practices invite awakening?

Stephen is the author of Demystifying Awakening: a Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom (March 2022), Buddha’s Heart, and Stress Reduction for Lawyers.  He is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas. More about these books is available here.

Follow this link to hear Stephen and Rick Hanson in dialogue about Nibbana, the Unconditioned, Awakening, Identity and more.

Soothing the Longing Heart
A Daylong Retreat in London, UK
Offered by Zen Teacher Stephen Doetsu Snyder

Date: March 30, 2024

Location:

10 am–2 pm
Goodenough College
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

REGISTER HERE
Please contact Tomislav Maric with any registration questions: tenshk@hotmail.co.uk

Investment: £15.00

Soothing the Longing Heart

Within each of us is a heart that is longing. It is longing for connection, for truth, and to return home to our deepest nature. The longing is clouded by personality patterns and mistaken conceptual understanding.

In this daylong we will practice being with the longing directly (in all aspects) and opening to time-tested heart practices (the divine abodes or brahmavihāras). Through the specific application of equanimity, self-compassion, self-love, and forgiveness we will reveal the longing more directly and find the methods to satisfy the longing to whatever extent is possible.

Our longing for a return to our deepest nature drives most of us on the spiritual journey or path. Unless we specifically work with the longing and any resistance to the longing we cannot fully open to the objective, universal heart qualities of the brahmavihāras.

The format of this daylong will include:

  • talks on the heart qualities;
  • instruction and guided practice of meditations related to each;
  • exploration of the common resistances to these heart experiences;
  • and opportunity for questions or comments with Stephen.

Stephen will be available for a very limited number of 1-on-1 check-ins during the afternoon. Advance booking essential. Please write to events@awakeningdharma.org

Resting in Your Authentic Heart:
Opening to the Brahmavihara Jhanas

A Ten-Day Retreat, Europe 2024

Date: April 2–12, 2024

Location:

Resort Lotus, on island Krk, Croatia.

This resort is within walking distance of a secluded, wild beach. Rooming includes private terraces offering relaxing sea views. With modern amenities, beautiful outdoor areas, a manicured Mediterranean garden, and a large swimming pool, you will have everything you need (and more!) for an unforgettable retreat.

For more information or to register, please email retreat organizer Tomislav Maric at tenshk@hotmail.co.uk.

The Divine Abodes, or brahmavihāras, are ancient Buddhist heart meditations and practices that can reveal and awaken our deepest nature’s heart qualities.

During this retreat, we will learn these meditations and practices and explore common resistances to Equanimity (Upekkha), Compassion (Karuna), Empathetic Joy (Mudita), Unconditioned Love (Metta).

Entering into the Buddha’s heart—our deepest heart—through Equanimity establishes a foundation of connection and acceptance for whatever is in our perception or experience. This foundation is broadened through cultivation of Empathetic Joy—relaxing the perceived boundaries of separation and softening any sense of isolation.

Turning next to Compassion allows us to draw upon the deep acceptance of Equanimity and the undivided connection of Empathetic Joy and find an ability to extend an inclusive holding for our suffering and the suffering of others.

Finally, we turn to Unconditioned Love—an expression of boundless love for ourselves and all beings. Unconditioned Love can then be transmitted from the deep acceptance of Equanimity, the connectedness of Empathetic Joy, and the deep tender holding of Compassion.

All Buddhist heart practices done to the deepest level of purification and concentration—jhana will be taught, and empowerment offered, at this retreat.

This retreat will be based on Stephen Snyder’s book, Buddha’s Heart. Participants are asked to obtain and read the relevant chapters of the book prior to the retreat.

The format of the retreat will include:

  • talks on True Nature’s heart qualities
  • instruction on the meditations and practices related to Equanimity, Compassion, Empathetic Joy, and
    Unconditioned Love
  • group discussion on the common resistances to these heart experiences
  • one-on-one interviews with Stephen

For more information or to register, please email retreat organizer Tomislav Maric at tenshk@hotmail.co.uk.

Soothing the Longing Heart / Dare Sollievo Al Cuore
A Daylong Retreat in Bologna, Italy
Offered by Zen Teacher Stephen Doetsu Snyder

Date: April 20, 2024

Location:

14:30 – 19:30 | VIA P. VIZZANI 74/A, Bologna,Italy

TO REGISTER
Please contact Andrea Magoni with any registration questions: andrea.internoyoga@gmail.com

Investment: € 40,00 – € 60,00

Per info e registrazioni: www.internoyoga.com | andrea.internoyoga@gmail.com
Contributo ridotto €. 40,00 | Contributo di sostegno €. 60,00 (pagamento tramite Paypal con link condiviso al momento della registrazione).

Soothing the Longing Heart

Within each of us is a heart that is longing. It is longing for connection, for truth, and to return home to our deepest nature. The longing is clouded by personality patterns and mistaken conceptual understanding.

In this daylong we will practice being with the longing directly (in all aspects) and opening to time-tested heart practices (the divine abodes or brahmavihāras). Through the specific application of equanimity, self-compassion, self-love, and forgiveness we will reveal the longing more directly and find the methods to satisfy the longing to whatever extent is possible.

Our longing for a return to our deepest nature drives most of us on the spiritual journey or path. Unless we specifically work with the longing and any resistance to the longing we cannot fully open to the objective, universal heart qualities of the brahmavihāras.

The format of this daylong will include:

  • talks on the heart qualities;
  • instruction and guided practice of meditations related to each;
  • exploration of the common resistances to these heart experiences

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Giornata di meditazione in presenza

Lavoreremo in modo specifico sul nostro anelito del cuore verso l’Incondizionato e sulle resistenze che ostacolano l’apertura alle qualità oggettive e universali dei brahmavihāra (equanimità, gioia empatica, gentilezza amorevole, compassione, oltre che, in aggiunta, bontà innata e perdono).

Questo ritiro di mezza giornata prevede:
– insegnamenti sulle qualità universali del cuore
– relative istruzioni e meditazioni guidate
– trattazione delle più comuni resistenze a queste esperienze del cuore – possibilità di fare domande e interagire con l’insegnante

Port Sanilac, MI

Soothing the Longing Heart: Deconstructing the Self Through Awakening

Date: May 13–24, 2024

Location:

Port Sanilac, MI on the shore of Lake Huron

REGISTER HERE!

Investment: (Includes room, meals, teaching fees/staff dana, and all other costs and expenses)

If booked before March 31, 2024 receive $150 off a private room or $100 off a dorm room!
All-inclusive cost for 12 days:
Private room booked for two people: $4,500
(Please apply separately if sharing a room and indicate your roommate on your application.)
Private room booked for one person: $2,500
Dorm room (4 beds per room) for one person: $1,500

In this twelve-day retreat, we will start with deconstructing the sense of self—through the deep non-conceptual recognition of the characteristics of the Four Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind. This ancient Theravada Buddhist practice lets us recognize the building blocks of the self by resting in the non-conceptual direct experience of Absence.

Following the Four Elements practice, we will enter into the qualities and functions of the Absolute—namely pure love, pure presence, full absence, profound peacefulness, and sublime stillness. This sustained deep contact with the Absolute will support putting down of mind and body in a potential kensho (awakening) experience and recognition of our true nature.

 

Stephen Doetsu Snyder began practicing meditation in 1976. He has studied Buddhism extensively, including Zen, Tibetan, Theravada and Western non-dual traditions. He was authorized to teach in the Theravada tradition in 2007 and the Zen schools of Soto and Rinzai in 2022. He is a senior student of Roshi Mark Sando Mininberg. Stephen encourages students to turn toward their true nature and embody their true identity. He is the author of five books, including Buddha’s Heart and Demystifying Awakening.

Investment: If booked before March 31, 2024 receive $150 off a private room or $100 off a dorm room!
All-inclusive cost for 12 days:
Private room booked for two people: $4,500
(Please apply separately if sharing a room and indicate your roommate on your application.)
Private room booked for one person: $2,500
Dorm room (4 beds per room) for one person: $1,500

Register Now: https://awakeningdharma.org/soothing-the-longing-heart-deconstructing-the-self-through-awakening-applicationmay-13-24-2024

Please review our Cancellation Policy.

Come Home: Awakening the Heart of Longing

Date: October 7–28, 2024

Location:

Pine Valley, Utah

REGISTER HERE!

Experience Prerequisite: At least 2 silent, residential, Buddhist meditation retreats for a minimum of 6 days. Please include specifics of your retreat experience to verify that you meet these requirements in your application. Stephen may consider exceptions to these requirements under some circumstances. To request an exception, please email us at events@awakeningdharma.org.

Investment: (Includes room, meals, teaching fees/staff dana, and all other costs and expenses)

If booked before May 31, 2024 receive $250 off a private room or $150 off a dorm room!
All-inclusive Cost for 21 days:
Private room booked for two people: $7,000
(Please apply separately if sharing a room and indicate your roommate on your application.)
Private room booked for one person: $3,750
Dorm room per person (10 beds per room) per person: $2,500

Enjoy a country lodge nestled into the mountains near Zion National Park during this three-week retreat in Pine Valley, Utah.

We will turn to the qualities and functions of the source of all reality and manifestation – the Absolute.

During this retreat, we will steep in the practices of awakening through teaching, guided mediations, and group meditations opening to the Absolute awakening to itself in kensho.

We will journey deep into the manifest Absolute with its qualities and functions of pure, unconditioned love, pure non-conceptual awareness, and pure presence (beingness).  Additionally, we will enter into the rich vast blackness of vast absence along with deep peacefulness and profound primordial stillness of Cessation.

This is a rare opportunity to take a sustained deep dive into the Absolute, the unconditioned, undying qualities in your consciousness.

This retreat is suitable for intermediate and advanced meditators and practitioners.

 

Stephen Doetsu Snyder began practicing meditation in 1976. He has studied Buddhism extensively, including Zen, Tibetan, Theravada and Western non-dual traditions. He was authorized to teach in the Theravada tradition in 2007 and the Zen schools of Soto and Rinzai in 2022. He is a senior student of Roshi Mark Sando Mininberg. Stephen encourages students to turn toward their true nature and embody their true identity. He is the author of five books, including Buddha’s Heart and Demystifying Awakening.

Investment: If booked before May 31, 2024 receive $250 off a private room or $150 off a dorm room!

All-inclusive Cost for 21 days:

Private room booked for two people: $7,000
(Please apply separately if sharing a room and indicate your roommate on your application.)
Private room booked for one person: $3,750
Dorm room for one person (10 beds per room) per person: $2,500

Register Now: https://awakeningdharma.org/come-home-awakening-the-heart-of-longing-applicationoctober-7-28-2024 

Please review our Cancellation Policy.