Please see below for Tina’s growing list of online videos.

GuruViking–Steve James

Coronavirus Pandemic Special Edition with Tina Rasmussen

GuruViking Steve James talks with Tina Rasmussen, about the Coronavirus Pandemic, and how spiritual practitioners can work with their fear and anxiety, be present to their own potential illness and that of loved ones, and even face the possibility or reality of death. Instructions for specific practices are given, including advice for doing a solo retreat during times of social distancing or quarantine.

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The documents below were referenced in the talk:


Sample Retreat Schedule


GuruViking–Steve James

Interview with Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen Ph.D, is a meditation teacher and author who is best known as being the first Western woman to master the virtuoso-level shamata meditation system of Pa Auk Sayadaw.

In this interview we learn about Tina’s life-defining quest for enlightenment which inspired her 1-year solo retreat in which her practice of Dzogchen triggered not only massive energetic phenomena but also a profound spiritual awakening.

We hear all about Tina’s training and authorisation under the notoriously rigorous Pa Auk Sayadaw, culminating in mastery of all 8 jhanas, with all ten kasinas, and much more.

We also discuss issues such as integration of awakening in professional life, romantic relationship after enlightenment, and sexual scandal among meditation teachers.

Topics Include:

0:00 – Intro

00:53 – Learning meditation at 13 years old

03:19 – Rediscovering the spiritual path after divorce

07:10 – Discovering a natural faculty for deep meditation experiences

10:31 – Straddling deep practice and high end business consulting

14:11 – Why Tina outed herself as a meditator in her professional life

18:36 – Effects of Tina’s spiritual practice on her romantic relationships, and meeting Stephen Snyder

24:10 – Rewired romantic life after enlightenment and Tibetan Tantra

29:20 – Tina’s 1 year solo retreat

40:55 – Extreme energetic experiences and DIY Tummo

44:21 – Tsoknyi Rinpoche and subtle body trauma

50:38 – The challenges of working with very popular teachers

55:33 – Finding mentors as an advanced practitioner

58:52 – Tina’s dream yoga practice and 24hr meditation

1:02:31 – Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche

1:03:24 – Tina’s Dzogchen practice

1:06:53 – Mastering shamata meditation under Pa Auk Sayadaw’s instruction

1:20:14 – Which is more difficult, shamata or awakening?

1:22:06 – The consequences of jhana mastery

1:27:14 – Scandals among spiritual teachers, levels of awakening, and personality material

1:33:21 – Defining ‘Do No Harm’ and the need for psychological understanding

1:43:20 – Working with Tina


Conscious TV Buddha at the Gas Pump–Rick Archer

Interview with Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen was interviewed by “Buddha at the Gas Pump“, a site that enables people to relate and share their experiences of spiritual awakening.

Conscious TV Conscious TV (external video links)

Tina Rasmussen ‘Living The Enlightenment Drive’

Miscellaneous Videos

2018 Interview in Reggio Emilio, Italy

This interview provides an excellent overview of the teaching and work of Awakening Dharma, and Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder.