In the Zen tradition, a teacher authorizes a student to begin teaching through the process and ceremony of transmission. It is a transmission of empowerment of the sacred realizations of the past Zen masters of the lineage.
Rick Archer at the Buddha at the Gas Pump (BatGap) program recently interviewed Stephen about his path to meditation practice, his writing, and concepts Buddhist of self, ethical behavior, awakening, and the absolute.
You can view the recording below, or on the BatGap website: batgap.com/stephen-snyder
Thank you, Rick, for welcoming Stephen to your program!
The discussion delved into topics of energetic resonance of awakening, facsimiles of awakening, confusion around awakening, how to work with intensity and blocks, fear of no-self, and much more.
Thank you to James Burns for inviting Stephen as a guest for a wonderful dharma discussion on the inaugural episode of JB Podcast.
James’s thoughtful questions invited an interesting discussion about jhāna (absorption concentration), Four Elements meditation, and how the ancient Buddhist heart practices can lead to transcendent states arising within awareness and consciousness.
Demystifying Awakening: A Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom is now available for ebook pre-order on Amazon and through other favorite booksellers–see links below.
The book conveys a path to the Awakening process, planting the seeds of practice to discover the potential that is within each of us—the realization and embodiment of our true nature.
Those in the helping professions are at risk of compassion fatigue and compassion burnout. Compassion fatigue is when we are finding ourselves at a lower energy and engagement level than is typical for us. In effect we are dragging ourself through our life, particularly at work.
I am going on Reddit to do an ama (ask me anything) on December 16th or 17th, 2021. See you there!