Online Retreats

Demystifying Awakening ~ Online Residential Retreat

Date: May 28–June 2, 2022

Location:

Online, via Zoom

About this retreat:

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?

How online participation works:

This practice opportunity will be offered by Stephen from island Krk, Croatia, where he will be joined by students in an in-person residential retreat. Joining the online offerings will provide an anchor for your own at-home retreat, during these six days.

Those “Zooming-in” will have opportunities deep practice connection, including:

  • an opening orientation and talk
  • daily guided meditations
  • daily dharma talks
  • one-on-one interviews with Stephen
  • a “closing circle,” via Zoom, on June 2

Schedule:
Saturday, May 28, 1 hour
10 am US Pacific / 1 pm US Eastern / 19:00 EU

  • Retreat opening and talk

Sunday, May 29–Friday, June, 4–4.5 hours
7:30 am US Pacific / 10:30 am US Eastern / 16:30 EU

  • Guided Sitting
  • Break / Walking Practice
  • Guided Sitting
  • Walking Practice
  • Dharma Talk
  • Interview / Closing Circle

Investment: $250 USD

Register Now: awakeningdharma.org/da-residential-online-reg

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

The Heart in Buddhism
A Daylong with the Divine Abodes—the ancient Brahmavihāras

Date: Sunday, June 12th

Location:

Online, via Facebook (closed group)
Hosted by dharmachanics.com

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dharmachanics/

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

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

During this daylong, we will learn and practice the meditations, practices, and common resistances to these four qualities:

  • Equanimity (Uppekhā)
  • Empathetic Joy (Muditā)
  • Compassion (Karuṇā)
  • Loving-Kindness (Mettā)

Beginning with Equanimity, we support a deep acceptance of reality and a sense of soothing ease. It is a heart feeling tone of perfect balance offering knowing and trust that everything we witness is unfolding perfectly within the wisdom of the universe.

Turning next to Empathetic Joy, we expand our undivided connection with others and soften any sense of separation by offering unrestrained, unqualified joy for another’s happiness and success.

With Compassion, we develop the ability to extend an inclusive holding for dissatisfactoriness in the experiences of others and ourselves. Compassion is a heart feeling tone of deep acceptance for what is—the joys and sorrows of life knowing that all suffering is an opportunity to mature our personality while deepening our connection with the Divine.

Finally, through practicing Loving-Kindness we develop a natural momentum of love and expression of boundless unified connectedness for ourselves and all beings. Loving-Kindness is supported by the deep acceptance of Compassion.

These deep and ancient heart practices will be supported with Innate Goodness practice, creating a foundation and reconnecting us to our heart’s true nature.

This daylong and practices are based on content in Stephen Snyder’s book Buddha’s Heart.

 The format of the daylong includes:

  • dharma talks on the heart practices
  • guided meditations and practices for deepening concentration
  • ample time for questions and comments

Reversing Compassion Fatigue ~ Daylong

Date: September 3, 2022

Location:

Online, via Zoom

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

Investment: Any amount, suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.

Compassion fatigue is all too real for those in service professions.  The demands of managing life, along with being of service to others can be draining beyond a point of rejuvenation.

In this daylong, online retreat we will explore the causes of compassion fatigue and the strategies and practices that can be applied to reverse this depletion and to rejuvenate the spirit with resilience and buoyancy.

We will learn about setting boundaries and how to balance our energy to retain more life force and expend less while still being sensitive and responsive to client experiences and needs.

We will practice heart meditations, and related practices, that reveal and awaken our deepest nature’s heart qualities.  During this daylong, you will learn and practice the meditations, practices, and common resistances to Innate Goodness, Equanimity, and Compassion.

  • Innate Goodness is a quality in us all, that is not dependent on being any certain way or doing anything specific.  It is our goodness when you are at rest.
  • Equanimity teaches us to accept this moment and lower our resistance to what is actually happening—freeing us from the suffering we experience while contracting against what is arising.
  • Compassion reveals to us an ability to extend an inclusive holding for our dissatisfactoriness and suffering, as well as while attending to others.

This retreat will be based upon content in Stephen Snyder’s book Buddha’s Heart: Meditation Practice for Developing Well-Being, Love, and Empathy.

The format of the daylong includes:

  • talks on our inherent heart qualities, instruction on the meditations and practices related to Innate Goodness, Equanimity, and Compassion
  • group discussion on the common resistances to these heart experiences
  • and ample opportunity for questions or comments with Stephen

Stephen Snyder is a retired attorney and a senior meditation teacher in the Buddhist tradition.  He is the author of Buddha’s Heart, co-author of Practicing the Jhanas, and author of the forthcoming Demystifying Awakening (March 2022). He works with students worldwide as well as leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Investment: Any amount, suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.
Register Now: https://awakeningdharma.org/rcf-reg/

Serenity in an Unsettled World ~ Daylong

Date: October 22, 2022

Location:

Online, via Zoom

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

Investment: Any amount, suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.

Concentration meditation, also called Serenity meditation, focuses our awareness to a laser-like awareness. Preferencing one meditative object over all else in awareness opens us to serenity and tranquility as we steep our consciousness in deep, restful peace.

The format of the daylong includes:

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

Stephen Snyder is a retired attorney and a senior meditation teacher in the Buddhist tradition.  He is the author of Buddha’s Heart, co-author of Practicing the Jhanas, and author of the forthcoming Demystifying Awakening (March 2022). He works with students worldwide as well as leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Investment: Any amount, suggested contribution of $25, $50, or $75.
Register Now: https://awakeningdharma.org/siuw_reg/