Online Programs & Retreats

Zen, Kenshō, and Koans
Offered by Zen Dharma Holder Stephen Doetsu Snyder

Date: December 10, 2022

Location:

Online, via Zoom

REGISTER NOW!

9am–1pm US Pacific Time / 12am–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment: Suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.

In this daylong we will explore the history, function and benefits of koans as spiritual practice, explore the relationship between koans and kenshō (awakening) looking at these topics with an overall exploration of the Zen tradition specifically as it relates and supports kenshō.

The format of the daylong includes:

  • talks on Zen traditions, instruction on supportive meditations and practices
  • group discussion on the practices and experiences
  • and ample opportunity for questions or comments with Stephen

Stephen Doetsu Snyder is a retired attorney and a senior meditation teacher in the Buddhist Theravada and Zen traditions.  He is the author of five books, including Demystifying Awakening, Buddha’s Heart, and Practicing the Jhanas. He works with students worldwide as well as leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Investment: Suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.
Register Now: awakeningdharma.org/zkk-reg/

Gratitude, Generosity, and Forgiveness
Offered by Zen Dharma Holder Stephen Doetsu Snyder

Date: January 5, 2023

Location:

Online, via Zoom

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9am–1pm US Pacific Time / 12am–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment: Suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.

Gratitude practice highlights the unbroken connection with all of life. We can see how we have been tenderly cared for and supported in every aspect of our life. Generosity involves being open-hearted in giving and receiving. It touches on scarcity and abundance. Forgiveness practice allows us to seek forgiveness, offer forgiveness while releasing the hurt, anger, and hatred we can carry from past wrongs. Each of these practices support wise open-heartedness.

The format of the daylong includes:

  • talks on our inherent heart qualities, instruction on supportive meditations and practices
  • group discussion on the practices and experiences
  • and ample opportunity for questions or comments with Stephen

Stephen Doetsu Snyder is a retired attorney and a senior meditation teacher in the Buddhist Theravada and Zen traditions.  He is the author of Demystifying Awakening, Buddha’s Heart, and co-author of Practicing the Jhanas. He works with students worldwide as well as leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Investment: Suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.
Register Now: awakeningdharma.org/ggandf_reg/

Buddha’s Heart ~ Six-Month Mentoring Program, 2023

Date: The next cohort begins in January 2023!

Location:

Online, via Zoom.

Stephen is pleased to offer this six-month mentoring program, based on his book Buddha’s Heart: Meditation Practice for Developing Well-being, Love, and Empathy.

This program is a wonderfully rare opportunity for dharma practitioners to deepen heart awareness and work with the common resistances to deepening heart awareness, while opening to the profound awakenings possible in this kind of deep heart exploration with one-on-one support in a safe, holding container. To support this, the group will be limited in participation to maintain cohesion and intimacy.

The program will include:

  • Six monthly 5-hour group Zoom gatherings, recorded and shared on an online course platform
  • Six monthly 30-minute one-on-one Zoom interviews with Stephen, to explore the practices and their impact
  • Monthly readings from Buddha’s Heart and supplemental materials
  • Monthly small-group peer connections
  • An interactive platform for group discussion about course content, discussion questions, and readings with direct feedback from Stephen
  • Access to all course materials for three months following the course completion

Investment: $995 subsidized / $1,495 sustaining / $2,495 supporting
(A $100 deposit to secure your registration, the balance due one month prior to the program start.)
To apply: Please visit awakeningdharma.org/bhym-reg/

Scholarship: Partial scholarships will be available in limited numbers. To apply for a scholarship, please write to awakeningdharma@yahoo.com.

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet one Saturday each month, from 11am–4 pm US Eastern Time.
To check out your local time, please have a look here.
January 7 ~ February 4 ~ March 4
April 29 ~ May 6 ~ June 3

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Demystifying Awakening ~ Six-Month Mentoring Program, 2023

Date: The next cohort begins in July 2023!

Location:

Online, via Zoom.

This six-month mentoring program is based on Stephen’s book Demystifying Awakening: A Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom and a new manuscript called Trust in Awakening which is a re-working of an ancient Zen poem, with written commentary.

The program is a wonderfully rare opportunity for dharma practitioners to deepen awareness and work with the common resistances to Awakening and realization, while opening to the profound awakenings possible in this kind of deep exploration with one-on-one support in a safe, holding container. To support this, the group will be limited in participation to maintain cohesion and intimacy.

The program will include:

  • Six monthly 5-hour group Zoom gatherings, recorded and shared on an online course platform
  • Six monthly 30-minute one-on-one Zoom interviews with Stephen, to explore the practices and their impact
  • Monthly readings from Demystifying Awakening and supplemental materials
  • Monthly small-group peer connections
  • An interactive platform for group discussion about course content, discussion questions, and readings with direct feedback from Stephen
  • Access to all course materials for three months following the course completion

Investment: $995 subsidized / $1,495 sustaining / $2,495 supporting
(A $100 deposit to secure your registration, the balance due one month prior to the program start.)
To apply: Please visit awakeningdharma.org/da-reg/

Scholarship: Partial scholarships will be available in limited numbers. To apply for a scholarship, please write to awakeningdharma@yahoo.com.

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet one Saturday each month, from 11am–4 pm US Eastern Time.
To check out your local time, please have a look here.
July 8 ~ August 5 ~ September 9
October 14 ~ November 4 ~ December 9