Norway Events 2019 with Tina Rasmussen
Two events with Tina Rasmussen will be held in Stavanger in 2019 – A free of charge dharma talk on Friday 2nd August at 6pm, and a daylong meditation retreat Saturday 3rd August from 9:30am-4:30pm. Read more about them below.
An evening dharma talk about Concentration and Serenity Meditation in Theravada Buddhism – Free of charge!
Tina Rasmussen will be giving a dharma talk on Friday 2nd August from 6 pm -7:30 pm (Richard Johnsens Gate 4, i7 Maltidets Hus building, Stavanger), on the practice and benefits of concentration and serenity meditation.
The dharma talk will be free of charge! Dana/offerings for the teacher is always welcome for those who wish to support the teacher’s work and development. This can be given with Vipps (app), bank transfer or with money at the site.
There are no prerequisites for this event, just secure your spot by contacting and wait for confirmation from us. For more information and enrollment, please use click here..
Daylong meditation retreat – A one day introduction to concentration and serenity meditation
We are happy to announce that Tina Rasmussen will lead a daylong introduction to Samatha (concentration and serenity) Meditation in Norway (Richard Johnsens Gate 4, i7 Maltidets Hus building, Stavanger), 3rd August 2019, 9:30 am to 04:30 pm.
Concentration or serenity meditation (samatha) is one of the three major practices of the Buddhist path. The other two are sila (practicing with ethical principles), and vipassana (insight meditation). In concentration meditation, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mindstream. Samatha practice is often referred to as “purification of mind” and it does that in two ways. First, the practice reveals with heightened clarity, our habitual patterns, once understood we can in a practical way deal with these habitual patterns, and systematically change our behavior and way of thinking in order to lead a more harmonious life. Second, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and joy, as well as the possibility of the arising of deep meditative absorptions known as the jhanas. The word “jhana” can be translated as a “burning up”—of our habitual patterns of greed, hatred, and delusion—this purifies our awareness, as well as deepens our ability to practice insight meditation.
Tina Rasmussen, Ph.D., learned to meditate at the age of 13 and has been meditating for over 30 years. She was ordained as a Theravāda Buddhist nun by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Myanmar (earlier Burma), who also authorized her to teach. Tina is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas (Shambala), as well as several books on human potential. Tina works with students worldwide.
This daylong meditation introduction is open for all. It will offer a full day (Saturday 3rd August) introduction and hands-on concentration meditation practice with Tina. This is in accordance with the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Myanmar. Pa Auk Sayadaw is considered by many to be the leading living teacher of samatha practice and the jhanas, and Tina was one of the first westerners to complete all the samatha practice stages with the guidance from Pa Auk Sayadaw. This daylong retreat will partly be held in silence.
During the day we are given meditation instructions, we have several periods of silent meditation sessions, as well as talks given by Tina (including Q&A). Topics will among other things include: what is samatha/concentration meditation, what is compelling about this practice, what are the reasons to do this practice, the purification of mind; and how to work skillfully with striving.
Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this daylong. We only ask you to come with an open mind and enjoy this introduction to samatha meditation practice. Bring comfortable clothing and a meditation cushion if you prefer that to sitting on a chair.
Food allergies and diets: There will be served a light lunch (included in the daylong-fee) and snacks throughout the day. At enrollment, please inform us about any possible food allergies or diets etc.
The fee for the daylong is NOK500 (about EURO 51). You reserve a spot once we have confirmed there is a spot for you and we have received the fee from you. All possible surplus will be given the teacher for continues work and development. The Norwegian team is working 100% on a voluntary basis.
For more information and enrollment, please use the contact form.