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awakening dharma & jhana retreat present

Luminous mind

 Samatha & Dzogchen retreat

Two weeks on the beautiful Italian hills near Bologna and Milan in a secluded monastery. You will have the opportunity to learn or deepen an ancient practice to still and purify the mind (samatha) and receive profound teachings on non-duality (Dzogchen).

This program will be guided by Tina Rasmussen PhD, an internationally renowned meditation teacher authorized by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw and initiated to the Nyingma lineage.


the teacher

Tina Rasmussen PhD

Tina learned to meditate in 1976, at age 13. In 2003, after many years of practice in Buddhist and modern non-dual traditions, she was drawn to undertake an intensive year-long solo retreat during which a profound awakening to Reality occurred. In 2005, Tina 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. Tina also took refuge with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a Tibetan Dzogchen teacher, and was initiated into the Nyingma lineage.

Here Tina explains the benefits of samatha meditation, the main practice of the 2020 retreat.


Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.

– ramana maharshi

Tina's Interview at Conscious TV

A wonderful one hour and a half interview on Tina Rasmussen’s spiritual life and practice. 

Tina's Interview at Buddha at the Gas Pump

A wonderful one hour and a half interview on Tina Rasmussen’s spiritual life and practice. 

Suggested readings

Practicing the Jhanas

Traditional concentration meditation as presented by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. A book by Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder.

Knowing and Seeing

A comprehensive guide written by Pa Auk Sayadaw to the path towards enlightenment.

Open Heart, Open Mind

Awakening the power of essence love. A book by the great Dzogchen master Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Small Boat, Great Mountain

Theravada Buddhism and Dzogchen could share more than we think. A wonderful book by Ajahn Amaro.


I had the pleasure to organize an entire retreat for Tina in the UK. It has been one of the deepest experiences in my life.

– Tomislav Maric

Mindfulness Teacher


The retreat with Tina was a game-changer. My practice has become much more deep. She’s a competent and careful teacher and I felt very supported at the retreat.

– Dr. Pietro Mandracchia

Italian Psychotherapist and meditator


I loved the precision of the instructions and her wonderful commitment to the unfolding of awakening in her students.

– Sarah McGill

Business consultant and meditator