Understanding Awakening: 4 Practices Rooted in Tradition and Confirmed by Neuroscience
July 24–29, 2020
Note: This program is being rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.
In this retreat participants will learn 4 meditation practices rooted in tradition and confirmed by neuroscience. One day is spent on each practice, allowing participants to experience its purpose, what it does to our consciousness, and how it supports awakening in unique and important ways—helping participants make wise use of precious time spent in daily practice and retreat.
Participants will also explore the question: “What is awakening?” Awakening is the inspiration for many on the spiritual journey, but we may be unclear about what it is, how it happens, and what we can commonly encounter. An overview of how awakening is understood across wisdom traditions is provided, misconceptions are clarified, and participants tune into their own “flame for awakening.” Includes individual and group interviews with the teacher(s), and time for journaling and reflection.
Tina Rasmussen, Ph.D., began meditating at age 13, and has practiced in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions for 30+ years. In 2003, she completed a year-long solo retreat, and was later ordained as a Buddhist nun and authorized to teach by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tina has been studied by Yale Neuroscience Lab, and is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas, as well as several books on human potential. Tina works with students worldwide.