Stephen Doetsu Snyder began practicing daily meditation in 1976. Since then, he has studied Buddhism extensively—investigating and engaging in Zen, Tibetan, Theravada, and Western non-dual traditions. He was authorized to teach in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in 2007 and the Zen Buddhist schools of Soto and Rinzai in 2022. Stephen is a senior student of Roshi Mark Sando Mininberg.
Stephen’s resonant and warmhearted teaching style engages students around the globe through in-person and online retreats, as well as one-on-one coaching. He encourages students to turn toward their true nature and, with realization of their true nature, embody their true identity. Stephen is the author of four books, including Trust in Awakening, Demystifying Awakening and Buddha’s Heart. He also co-authored Practicing the Jhānas.
This talk given by Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder includes: overview of the Four Elements meditation practice; the history of the practice over the eons; the Buddha as our role model; inspiration for the practice.
This talk given by Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder includes: purification of mind as it's own reward; what is purification of mind?; working with hindrances; the purification of striving; holding the possibility of attainment with maturity.
This talk was given by both Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder includes: landmarks leading up to first jhana; how to apply skillful effort; overview of the jhana factors; and actions that support practice.
This talk was given by both Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder: how the jhanas fit into Buddhist practice; overview of the entire samatha practice; the three types of concentration; and differences from other practices.