Upcoming Events

2021

Online Dharma Talk
Dates: March 14, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Online with the White Heron Sangha, based in San Luis Obispo, California, USA
More about this event and how to attend to come.

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Part 1 – Equanimity and Empathetic Joy
Dates: April 2021, final dates to come.
Venue: Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA
The first of two retreats on the Divine Abodes, or Brahmaviharas, offered at Cloud Mountain in 2021. Based on the teachings offered in Stephen’s book Buddha’s Heart, this retreat will explore 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.
For more about this retreat or to register visit: www.cloudmountain.org.

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Part 2 – Compassion and Loving-Kindness
Dates: To come.
Venue: Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA
The second of two retreats on the Divine Abodes or Brahmaviharas, offered at Cloud Mountain in 2021. Based on the teachings offered in Stephen’s book Buddha’s Heart, this retreat will explore Compassion and Loving Kindness.
More about this retreat and registration to come.

Luminous Mind 14-Day Retreat
Dates: August 13-26, 2021
Venue: Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA.
Taught by Stephen and Tina Rasmussen.
More about this retreat and registration to come.

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Europe
Dates: October 24-29, 2021
Venue: to be confirmed
For more information, please email retreat organizer Tomislav Maric at tenshk@hotmail.co.uk.

Dharma Talks and Retreats Upon Request at Your Location
Stephen is available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location. For a sample of dharma talks, or to view videos, please visit the Talks page. If you or your sangha are interested in organizing a retreat or dharma talk for Stephen to lead, please contact him directly as found on the Contact page.

What students have said about Stephen’s retreats:

“I’ve deepened my practice more than ever, due to the clarity of the teaching.”

“My faith in Buddhism has been deepened to a degree previously unimaginable, but is tempered by a profound sobriety of mind and wisdom. Every word of the dharma talks penetrated the core of my being and accelerated my practice.”

“If I was to describe this to a friend, I would call it ‘Jedi mind training!’”

“I have seen more changes in myself from two years of concentration practice than in the previous 20 years of various meditation practices.”

“It will rock your world!”

“I feel more confident in my approach to the Anapanasati / samatha practice, and how to navigate the varied terrain as well.”