Upcoming Events

2021

Online Dharma Event
Dates: Sunday, April 11, 2021, 10:00 am EST
Venue: Online with Asheville Insight Meditation, based in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
For more about this event or to attend visit: www.ashevillemeditation.com.

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Part 1 – Equanimity and Empathetic Joy
Dates: April 16–23, 2021.
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: July 9–16, 2021.
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.
For more about this retreat or to register visit: www.cloudmountain.org.

Luminous Mind Two-Week Retreat
Dates: August 13–26, 2021
Venue: Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA
Taught by Stephen and Tina Rasmussen.
This retreat is set in the larger context of awakening. The first few days include the overall “view” of enlightenment, and the basis of Bodhicitta (a wish for awakening for oneself and all beings) in the heart for a full practice and larger intention for practice. The next week of the retreat will focus on the Samatha practice, developing laser-like awareness that has the potential to lead to the meditative absorptions known as jhanas. For the last five days of the retreat, participants will have the option to continue to deepen on the Samatha track, or move to the Dzogchen track. (Talks for both tracks will be available to all participants.) The Dzogchen track provides the possibility of non-dual awareness without the level of concentration required for jhana. In the Dzogchen track, we will build upon the foundation of Samatha with its powerful and stabilizing concentration, to include the open awareness of Vipassana, and then explore the non-dual practice of Rigpa, which enables the possibility for one to be present with a deeper reality with eyes open, awake to the world. Participants will have the option to either go deeper with the Samatha practice, or to branch into the Tibetan Dzogchen practice and the possibility of realizing Rigpa. Both paths provide the possibility of cutting through conventional reality to realize the deeper truth of non-duality.
For more about this retreat or to register visit: www.cloudmountain.org.

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.”