My mission is to foster awakening and its embodiment in worldly life, through the application of authentic, rigorous Buddhist and modern practices.

Stephen Snyder

Guiding Teacher

Stephen’s rich, resonant presence coupled with his warm-hearted engaging style supports students to develop and unfold their deepest nature.  He methodically and clearly communicates the issues of spiritual practice and opening to awakened awareness.  He is motivated to support students in turning toward awakened awareness, realizing their true identity as awakened awareness and cultivating and embodying their realizations.

Stephen began a daily meditation practice in 1976.  He was active in the Zen Buddhist world for 20 years. During this time he attended numerous retreats and studied closely with a number of Western Zen masters practicing both “choiceless awareness” meditation (shikintaza) as well as “focused attention meditation” (koan study).    He took refuge with several Zen Teachers, receiving the dharma name “Hoe Doetsu” (translated as “Peak Wisdom, Mutual Joy”). His interest in learning the Buddha’s personal meditation practices drew him to Theravadin Buddhism, specifically the concentration practices of mindfulness of breathing, true nature’s heart practices known as the Brahma-Viharas, as well as numerous practices to cultivate “no self”, impermanence, and using suffering/ unsatisfactoriness as portals to true nature.



Deepest thanks to the many volunteer organizers who have sponsored, organized and managed events over the years. The events wouldn’t have happened without them–much gratitude to them for their generosity in spreading the dharma.   Sincere thanks to the volunteers who have edited, improved, listened to, transcribed, and generally improved our audios, videos, and transcripts on this website. The those media wouldn’t be available today without them. Many thanks to our volunteers:

  • Jose Luis Poveda Alfaro
  • Simon Beck
  • Greg Davies
  • Thomas Jedensjo 
  • June Kramer
  • Andrea Magoni
  • Tomislav Maric
  • Gael SB
  • Andrea Serafino
  • Jennifer Wheeler