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Luminous Mind Sangha Events

Please note that Tina’s retreats at Cloud Mountain tend to fill up quickly, sometimes within 24 hours of registration opening. To be notified in advance when registration will open, please join the Cloud Mountain email list at www.CloudMountain.org.

2024

Luminous Mind Sangha 2024 “First Thursdays” Drop-in Gathering
5:00-6:30pm Pacific time monthly via Zoom;
Jan 4, Feb 1, March 7,  April 4, May 2, June 6, (skipping July 4), Aug 1, Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5.
Luminous Mind Sangha now has it’s own gatherings for people interested in and wanting to practice in alignment with the teachings of Luminous Mind Sangha. Taught on a dana basis, by various members of the Luminous Mind Sangha Teaching Team and Affiliated Professionals. Here is the Zoom link for Jan-Dec 2024

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85669784697?pwd=dKZDzUwf9z1yNu3yATK7yATHqiYr4e.1

Upcoming talks:

Jan 4–Tina Rasmussen, Overview of the Four Categories of Practice Found in Neuroscience, and How They Relate to Awakening and Embodiment

Feb 1–Tina Rasmussen, Working Productively With Our Hindrances and Defilements (Personality Patterns)

March 7–Tina Rasmussen, Using the Enneagram as a Tool to Support Buddhist Practice

April 4–Mimi Maduro, Working with Restlessness
Most meditators experience restlessness of the body or of the mind, or both at some points in their practice. This evening we’ll explore ways to work with and transform restlessness experienced in the body and mind.

May 2–Mimi Maduro, The Eight Worldly Winds 
This evening we’ll explore the eight worldly winds in Buddhism as personality patterned responses to our circumstances and the world. The winds include four polarities: happiness & unhappiness, praise & blame; fame & disrepute, gain & loss.

June 6–Marisa Mohrer interviewed by Tina Rasmussen; Trauma Therapy as a Tool to Support Meditation and Awakening

We are all impacted by overwhelming experiences that are too much for our body and mind to process in the moment. Traumatic wounds can then remain within us in the form of unprocessed emotions and negative beliefs, keeping us from fully contacting the vibrant experience of our deeper nature. In this talk, Tina will interview Marisa about her work as a Licensed Trauma Therapist and her experience as a deep meditator, to help people understand how evidenced-based trauma therapies work, and how they can help heal trauma that gets in the way of deepening our spiritual practice, and ultimately awakening.

Aug 1–Tina Rasmussen, Four Buddhist Tools to Be With a World in Crisis
One only has to read the news for a few minutes, to feel that the level of multiple crises in the world is greater than it has been in recent history. As spiritual practitioners, how can we continue to be present to a world in crisis without being overwhelmed? How can we engage with physical reality without shutting down and lose hope (delusion), resorting to anger / judgement / fear (aversion), or just staying “head down” in our lives and trying to get more for ourselves to feel safe (desire)? It is Tina’s (and many teachers’) belief that those of us who are actively working to disengage from our defilements and cultivate opening to our deeper nature, are offsetting the seeming regression of consciousness in the broader world today. By holding our deeper Ground and overcoming the overwhelm, it is possible for us to positively effect the collective consciousness of Being. Join Tina in this discussion of our role in helping humanity–and ourselves–through this difficult time.

Sept 5–Henry Garcia, Neuroscience Research on the Four Categories of Meditation

Our teaching at Luminous Mind Sangha is based on the 4 categories of meditation being studied in neuroscience:  Heart-based, Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Self-transcending. Henry shares an overview of the latest research in each category, that sheds light on how the practices affect us in a way that is measurable through neuroscience instrumentation on the brain. Henry’s background as a physicist gives him unique insights into the scientific aspects of meditation and spiritual practice.

Oct 3–Tina Rasmussen, Working with Doubt–“How do I know if I’m progressing on the path?”

People often wonder if they are progressing on the path–especially if they are having a period of “bad meditations” or a dry spell in their practice. We need to separate the hindrance of doubt (which is an internal habit of mind) from objective concerns about how we are doing on our spiritual journey. Tina will share some skillful ways of working with the hindrance of doubt (and the internal “Judge” or SuperEgo) as an ongoing aspect of our internal conditioning. She will also share some skillful, non-striving ways to more objectively determine the extent to which our practice is deepening or is being blocked. Some teachers feel a student asking about this is just a “manifestation of ego,” but Tina believes it can be helpful to actually know what’s happening in our practice so that we can use that information to employ skilful means to strengthen our practice.

Nov 7–Mimi Maduro, Equanimity
As we step into or grow deeper in the Buddha’s teachings, we learn about equanimity–the unshakeable evenness of mind and heart where we’re not tossed about by the eight worldly winds of pleasure & pain, praise & blame, fame & disrepute and gain & loss. We’ll explore the many-faceted jewel of equanimity in Buddhism as a brahmavihara, as one of the seven factors of enlightenment, and as experienced in the first four meditative absorptions (jhanas).

Dec 12–Per Jobs, Climate Anxiety and Practice

Innercraft–2024 “Third Tuesdays” (mostly) all at 11am-noon Pacific time; Drop-in Dharma Talk or Q&A via Zoom (at www.Inner-Craft.com)–Jan 16, Feb 20, March 26  (4th Tue), April 16, May 21, (skipping June), July 30, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 15, Nov 26, Dec 7.    For more info, click here.

 

Saturday Jan 20-Sunday Jan 21, 2024
What is Awakening? 2-Day In-person Non-residential and Zoom Retreat  Held in beautiful Tuscon, AZ, USA, hosted by Insight Meditation Tucson. For a 7-minute video of Tina describing the program, click here.  Register at https://www.insightmeditationtucson.org/

 

Saturday March 16-Sunday March 17, 2024
What is Awakening? 2-Day In-person Non-residential and Zoom Retreat  Held in beautiful Avila Bay, CA, USA, hosted by White Heron Sangha. For a 7-minute video of Tina describing the program, click here.  Register at https://whiteheronsangha.org

NEW!  Sunday, March 31, 2024
Samatha–Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World Zoom Daylong, 10am-4pm Pacific time / 1-7pm Eastern time. Held online only via zoom, hosted by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Click here for a 4-minute YouTube with Tina talking about “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice.”   Register at www.SpiritRock.org.


April 5-11, 2024
What is Awakening? 6-Night In-person Retreat  Held at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA, USA. For a 7-minute video of Tina describing the program, click here.  Register at https://cloudmountain.org/.

 

NEW!  July 12-18, 2024
Bramaviharas:  Divine Abodes of the Heart, 6-Night In-person Retreat  Held at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA, USA. Register at https://cloudmountain.org/. To listen to Tina’s talks on The BramaViharas on Dharma Seed to give you a feel for the retreat, click here.


August 9-22, 2024
Luminous Mind 13-Night In-person Retreat

Held in-person at  Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Register at https://cloudmountain.org.  Click here for a 4-minute YouTube with Tina talking about “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice.” Click here to watch a 9-minute video of Tina providing an overview of the Luminous Mind retreat.

Saturday Sept 28, 2024–FREE EVENT
Vipassana Zoom Daylong, 9am-3pm Pacific time / 12-6pm Eastern time. Held online only via zoom, hosted by Luminous Mind Sangha. See Event Descriptions page for details. This is a FREE event (no fee), so please attend even if you can’t offer dana.  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, email registrar at events.luminousmindsangha@gmail.com .

Nov 1-7, 2024
Samatha–Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World 6-Night In-person Retreat  Held at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA, USA. Click here for a 4-minute YouTube with Tina talking about “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice.”   Register at https://cloudmountain.org/.

2025

Saturday March 7-13, 2025
What is Awakening? 2-Day In-person Non-residential and Zoom Retreat  Held in beautiful Avila Bay, CA, USA, hosted by White Heron Sangha. For a 7-minute video of Tina describing the program, click here.  Register at https://whiteheronsangha.org

April 11-17, 2025
Bramaviharas:  Divine Abodes of the Heart, 6-Night In-person Retreat  Held at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA, USA. Register at https://cloudmountain.org/. To listen to Tina’s talks on The BramaViharas on Dharma Seed to give you a feel for the retreat, click here.

August 8021, 2025
Luminous Mind 13-Night In-person Retreat

Held in-person at  Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA. Register at https://cloudmountain.org.  Click here for a 4-minute YouTube with Tina talking about “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice.” Click here to watch a 9-minute video of Tina providing an overview of the Luminous Mind retreat.

Oct 24-30, 2025
Samatha–Meditation to Develop Concentration and Serenity for a Chaotic World 6-Night In-person Retreat  Held at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Castle Rock, WA, USA. Click here for a 4-minute YouTube with Tina talking about “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice.”   Register at https://cloudmountain.org/.

 

Dharma Talks and Retreats Upon Request at Your Location
Tina is available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location. For a sample of Tina’s dharma talks, or to view videos, please visit the Dharma Talks page. If you or your sangha are interested in organizing a retreat or dharma talk for Tina to lead, please contact us directly as found on the Contacts Us page.

Here’s what students have to say about Tina’s events:

  • “I’ve deepened my practice more than ever, due to the clarity of the teaching.”
  • “My faith in Buddhism has been deepened to a degree previously unimaginable, but is tempered by a profound sobriety of mind and wisdom. Every word of the dharma talks penetrated the core of my being and accelerated my practice.”
  • “If I was to describe this to a friend, I would call it ‘Jedi mind training!’”
  • “I have seen more changes in myself from two years of concentration practice than in the previous 20 years of various meditation practices.”
  • “It will rock your world!”
  • “I feel more confident in my approach to the Anapanasati / samatha practice, and how to navigate the varied terrain as well.”
  • “Your dedication to the dharma is so inspiring to me. You’ve given me the courage to embrace my true path in life. Your efforts and example have given me a clarity that is truly miraculous. Thank you for all your hard work.”