Stephen Snyder began practicing Zen Buddhism in 1976 and has had a daily meditation practice from that time on. He has practiced for twenty years with Western Zen masters. Stephen attended a two-month retreat with Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw in 2005. He attained the eight jhanas (as well as other practices) in the span of the retreat, becoming the first American male to complete this attainment in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.
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Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw
This is a clear and in-depth presentation of the traditional Theravadin concentration meditation known as jhāna practice, from two authors who have practiced the jhānas in retreat under the guidance of one of the great living meditation masters, Pa Auk… Read More
Stephen Snyder began practicing Buddhism in 1976 at the age of nineteen, after having traveled through Asia as a youth. Following his awakening experience at age twenty-eight, he continued the opening process of deepening and integrating the “unconditioned” in his everyday life.
In 2005, Snyder attended a two-month retreat with the Burmese meditation master Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. He completed the entire Samatha path as presented by the Sayadaw, becoming the first American male to complete this attainment. The Sayadaw authorized Snyder to teach in 2007. With his wife and teaching partner Tina Rasmussen, Snyder now offers retreats and spiritual mentoring to students worldwide.
Snyder’s life mission is to foster awakening, and its embodiment in worldly life, through the modern application of authentic, rigorous Buddhist practices. Described as warmhearted with a resonant presence, he finds fulfillment in supporting students as they rediscover deeper inherent authenticity in the unfolding of their true nature.
A licensed attorney, Snyder also serves as a legal adviser to a number of Buddhist teachers.