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Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen has been practicing meditation intensively since 1976. In 2005, she attended a two-month jhana retreat with Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who ordained her as a Theravada Buddhist nun. During the retreat, Tina became the first American and the first Western woman to complete the eight jhanas (as well as other practices) in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.

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Tina Rasmussen has been practicing meditation since 1976. In 2003, she undertook an intensive year-long solo retreat, during which a profound opening to true nature occurred. Two years later, she attended a retreat with Burmese meditation master Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who ordained her as a Buddhist nun. During the retreat, Tina became the first Western woman to complete the entire Samatha path in this lineage. In 2007, she also became the first Western woman authorized by the Sayadaw to teach.

 

After these life-changing experiences, Rasmussen at first felt a strong pull to become a “cave yogi” and turn away from householder life. As her awakening matured, however, functioning from this perspective while in the world became a more compelling life path. She and her husband, Stephen Snyder, now lead retreats and offer spiritual guidance to practitioners worldwide.

 

Rasmussen’s inspiration for her life and teaching is to experience and embody the mystery of the true nature of being, while living a worldly life—and to help others do the same. Students describe her as warm and supportive, with a bright clarity in communication.

 

Tina Rasmussen has been practicing meditation intensively since 1976. In 2005, she attended a two-month jhana retreat with Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who ordained her as a Theravada Buddhist nun. During the retreat, Tina became the first American and the first Western woman to complete the eight jhanas (as well as other practices) in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.