In-Person Retreats

Demystifying Awakening Retreat, Europe 2022

Date: May 28–June 3, 2022

Location:

Resort Lotus, on island Krk, Croatia

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

You can also join this retreat remotely, to learn more about the online option, visit: awakeningdharma.org/event/da-online-residential

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, teaching 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.

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Demystifying Awakening Retreat, CMRC 2022

Date: July 15–21, 2022

Location:

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA

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INVESTMENT: $420/$480/$540 plus 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, teaching 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.

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Part 2 – Equanimity and Empathetic Joy, CMRC 2022

Date: October 7–13, 2022

Location:

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA

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INVESTMENT: $490/$560/$630 plus teacher dana

DURATION: 7 NIGHTS, Friday to Friday

The Divine Abodes, or Brahma Viharas, are ancient Buddhist heart meditations and related practices that reveal and awaken our deepest nature’s heart qualities. During this retreat, we will be learning these meditations and practices and exploring common resistances to Equanimity (Upekkha) and Empathetic Joy (Mudita).

Entering into the Buddha’s heart, our deepest heart, through Equanimity allows a foundation to be established of connection and acceptance for whatever is in our perception or experience. This foundation of acceptance is broadened through cultivation of Empathetic Joy, by 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 to find within us an ability to extend an inclusive holding for our suffering and the suffering of others. Finally, we turn to expressing Loving-Kindness which is an expression of boundless love for ourselves and all beings. Loving-Kindness can then be expressed from the deep acceptance of Equanimity, the connectedness of Empathetic Joy and the deep holding of Compassion.

We will focus in this retreat on Equanimity and Empathetic Joy. Beginning with Equanimity supports a deep acceptance of reality just as it is coupled with a relaxing sense of soothing ease. Turning next to Empathetic Joy allows us to expand our undivided connection with others as we soften any sense of separation through unrestricted joy for another’s happiness.

Equanimity is a heart feeling-tone of perfect balance. It is a knowing, a trust, that everything we witness is unfolding perfectly within the wisdom of the universe. Empathetic Joy is the unrestrained, unqualified joy for another’s happiness and success.

This retreat will be based upon Stephen Snyder’s new book Buddha’s Heart, which was published in November 2020 and is available on Amazon. 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 and Empathetic Joy
  • group discussion on the common resistances to these heart experiences
  • and one-on-one interviews with Stephen.

Four-Week Retreat, Europe 2023

Date: July 26–August 20, 2023

Location:

Croatia
More on venue and retreat content to come!

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

A four-week deep practice retreat in beautiful Croatia

Weeks 1 & 2 ~ Samatha / Jhānas practice

Week 3 ~ Divine Abodes, or Brahmavihāras, practice

Week 4 ~ Demystifying Awakening practice

Prerequisites: attended a one-week retreat or a mentoring program with Stephen.