Online Programs & Retreats

Demystifying Awakening Mentoring Program
An Eight-Month Series

Date: May–December 2024

Location:

Online, via Zoom

11am–3:30pm US Eastern Time
Monthly: May 11 ~ June 1 ~ July 13 ~ August 3
September 7 ~ September 29 ~ November 2 ~ December 7

Investment:
For Eight Months
$50 monthly ~ Standard, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
$125 monthly ~ Includes a monthly 30-minute one-on-one

This eight-month mentoring program is based on Stephen’s books Demystifying Awakening and Trust in Awakening .

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:

  • Eight monthly 4.5-hour group Zoom gatherings, recorded and shared on an online course platform
  • Monthly readings from the books
  • 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:

  • $50/month, includes access to everything above, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
  • $125/month, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 30-minute one-on-one check-in

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet each month, from 11am–3:30pm US Eastern Time.
May 11 ~ June 1 ~ July 13 ~ August 3
September 7 ~ October 12 ~ November 2 ~ December 7

A Day of Shikantaza
Opening to the Absolute

Date: Saturday June 15th, 2024

Location:

Online, via Zoom

Co-taught with Mark Sando Mininberg, Roshi

11am–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment: $45 Subsidized, $90 Sustaining, or $180 Supporting.

Shikantaza is a deep meditation practice that grew out of the Anapanasati (breath awareness) meditation. As taught by Stephen, there is a three-stage process to this meditation. The final stage is “opening to the vastness of the Absolute supported by grace.” We rest our direct Awareness in the spacious, unbounded qualities of the Absolute, the source of all creation and manifestation. Steeping directly, non-conceptually, in the Absolute promotes and invites kenshō, or awakening.

In this daylong, we will deeply learn this meditation practice. We will engage the meditation both individually as well as through group guided meditations. There will be ample time for questions or comments among the group.

Suitable for beginning meditators, as well as those in the intermediate and advanced groups.

Stephen Mugen Snyder (Sensei) is 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, leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Mark Sando Mininberg (Roshi) is president of Hospital Energy and is a dharma successor of Bernie Glassman, Roshi, founder of the Zen Peacemaker’s Order and Dharma brother of Daido Loori, Roshi, founder of Zen Mountain Monastery. Mark previously studied for 20 years with Daido Roshi at ZMM and was a senior lay student.

Soothing the Longing Heart
A Monthly Mentoring Program

Date: Starting July 2024, ongoing

Location:

Online, via Zoom

Recommended practice prerequisite: previously completed an online or in-person retreat or mentoring with Stephen

11am–3:30pm US Eastern Time
Monthly: July 6 ~ August 10 ~ September 21
October 5 ~ November 16 ~ December 21
2025 Dates
January 4 ~ February 15
March 2 ~ April 19

Investment:
$50 monthly ~ Standard, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
$125 monthly ~ Includes a monthly 30-minute one-on-one

This mentoring program will be focused in practicing with the traditional Theravada samatha (stillness, tranquility, or calm) meditations, as well as practices such as:

  • Four Elements
  • Thirty-Two Body Parts
  • Skeleton Meditation
  • Recollection of the Buddha
  • Cessation and Awakening practices

The extent of this program provides a cohesive and supportive container. The monthly gatherings offer the opportunity for practice growth and sustained connections with Stephen and fellow students.

Practice prerequisite: previously completed an online or in-person retreat or mentoring with Stephen

The program will include:

  • Monthly 4.5-hour group online retreats, with time for questions and feedback
  • Monthly readings
  • An interactive platform for group discussion about course content, discussion questions, and readings with direct feedback from Stephen
  • Ongoing access to retreat recordings and course materials

Investment:

  • $50/month, includes access to everything above, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
  • $125/month, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 30-minute one-on-one check-in

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet one Saturday each month, from 11am–3:30 pm US Eastern Time.
July 6 ~ August 10 ~ September 21
October 5 ~ November 16 ~ December 21
2025 Dates
January 4 ~ February 15
March 2 ~ April 19

Opening to Presence and Love

Date: September 28, 2024

Location:

Online, via Zoom.

8am–1pm US Pacific Time / 11am–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment: Suggested contribution of $45 Subsidized, $90 Sustaining, or $180 Supporting.

In this daylong retreat we will focus on cultivating and opening to the Presence (beingness) and Love qualities of the manifest Absolute through group meditations, guided meditations, dharma talks, and comments and questions.

The format of the retreat includes:

  • talks, instruction, and guided meditation practices
  • group discussion of the practices and experiences
  • ample opportunity for questions or comments with Stephen
  • three-month access to the retreat recording

Stephen Mugen Snyder, Sensei 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 $45, $90, or $180.

Follow Your Heart Home
Practicing the Brahmavihāras

Date: January 25, 2025

Location:

Online, via Zoom

8am–1pm US Pacific Time / 11am–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment: Suggested contribution of $45 Subsidized, $90 Sustaining, or $180 Supporting.

The Brahmavihāras, or Divine Abodes, are ancient Buddhist heart meditations, and related practices, that reveal and awaken our deepest nature’s heart qualities. During this retreat, we will explore the meditations, practices, and common resistances to these four heart qualities: Equanimity (Uppekhā), Empathetic Joy (Muditā), Compassion (Karuṇā), and Loving-Kindness (Mettā).

The format of the retreat includes:

  • talks, instruction, and guided meditation practices
  • group discussion on the practices and experiences
  • ample opportunity for questions or comments with Stephen
  • three-month access to the retreat recording

Stephen Mugen Snyder, Sensei 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 $45, $90, or $180.