In this episode, we talk with Tina Rasmussen about the big picture, goals, and stages of the meditation and awakening journey; ways to advance our practice; navigation of a variety of traditions/methods; teacher selection; extension of practice into daily life, Tina’s practice journey, and more.
0:00 – Episode intro
3:25 – How we are using some terms during this episode
5:41 – Goals practitioners should have if any
10:59 – Definition of spiritual awakening
14:50 – Ground of being
18:26 – Tina’s awakening experience and why to pursue awakening
28:20 – Dzogchen overview
38:42 – Rigpa & mindfulness, differences, and similarities
48:15 – Advice for practitioners who want to advance their practice
52:33 – Finding inspiration and motivation to practice
58:34 – Neuroscience and Meditation
1:00:00 – Practice becoming more customized as you advance
1:04:38 – Sticking to practice vs switching it for another
1:08:13 – Building a well-rounded practice vs doing only what you are comfortable with
1:10:35 –Practicing from diverse traditions and methods vs limiting to one
1:15:45 – The role and importance of a teacher at different stages of practice
1:21:25 – How to choose a teacher
1:25:54 – Tina’s advice on extending the practice into daily life
Tina is a meditation teacher who leads retreats and offers spiritual guidance and mentoring to practitioners worldwide. Her mission as a teacher is to foster awakening and its embodiment in worldly life, through the application of authentic, rigorous Buddhist and modern practices.
Tina learned to meditate in 1976, at age 13. In her late twenties, after many years of practice in Buddhist and modern non-dual traditions, she undertook an intensive year-long solo retreat during which a profound awakening to Reality occurred. Some years after that, Tina attended a retreat with Burmese meditation master Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who ordained her as a Buddhist nun and later, authorized her to teach. During the retreat, Tina became the first Western woman to complete the entire Samatha path in this lineage. Tina also took refuge with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a Tibetan Dzogchen teacher, and was initiated into the Nyingma lineage.