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

'Retreat in a Box' - Your own self-retreat at home!

Explore Our New Virtual Retreat Offerings

View Now


Cultivating the Luminous Mind

Dr. Tina Rasmussen teaches awakening to a deeper Reality, beyond our conventional way of understanding human experience. She has led events and worked with people one-on-one from more than 50 countries around the world, since 2007. Tina offers teaching and spiritual mentoring to new, intermediate, and experienced practitioners. (See her bio on the About Us page.)

As part of the cultivation of the “luminous mind” referenced in many spiritual lineages, we at Luminous Mind Sangha teach practices based on the four categories of meditation that are now being studied in neuroscience. These practices cultivate a fertile ground for the seeds of liberation to grow and become established in daily life.  They are:

  • – Focused-attention (concentration) practices (such as Samatha meditation)
  • – Open-monitoring practices (such as Vipassana/Insight meditation)
  • – Heart-based practices (such as the Bramaviharas and Bodhicitta)
  • – Self-transcending practices (such as Dzogchen)

Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, who authorized Tina to teach, is considered by many to be the leading Buddhist meditation master alive today. Tina was taught personally by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and was the first Western woman he authorized to teach. She has also practiced Dzogchen extensively for more than 25 years, and teaches a neuroscience-based version of that practice which includes all of the four categories of meditation listed above. This can be found in her “What is Awakening?” multi-media program and retreats.

In addition, Tina’s book “Practicing the Jhanas,” published by Shambhala, is an accessible and direct experiential account of the Samatha focused-attention practice as taught in the Pa Auk lineage. Samatha is an ancient type of concentration meditation that predates written history as a method to purify the mind. It was taught to the Buddha by his teachers, and when people asked him what to practice, this is the practice he referenced in as many as 60-80% of the suttas, throughout his life. This practice was so important to him, that it was his last act before he died. Tina and the Luminous Mind Sangha team are honored to be passing on this teaching that has survived throughout more than 5,000 years of human history.

Practicing the Jhanas Book

Tina’s and the Luminous Mind Sangha Team’s services are offered both in-person and on-line and include:

  • Retreats
  • Daylong intensives
  • Dharma talks
  • One-on-one spiritual guidance
  • Year-long mentoring program
  • Solo retreat guidance
  • Free and for-purchase downloads of audios, videos and articles
  • Retreats-in-a-Box
Read More

Blog Posts

June 6, 2024 |

How to Meditate–The 4 Practices Rooted in Tradition and Confirmed by Neuroscience

In this video, Tina gives concise overview instructions and guidance on how to begin meditating, suitable for...

September 4, 2023 |

6 Innercraft Video Workshops By Tina Now Published

  Tina has now published 6 video workshops on the Innercraft Platform, which have been received with glowing...

January 18, 2022 |

Deconstructing Yourself Podcast with Tina

Host Michael Taft talks with dharma teacher and author Tina Rasmussen about ways to understand nondual awareness...

April 1, 2021 |

New Innercraft Platform Invites Tina to be a Founding Teacher

In 2021, Tina was been invited to be one of five founding teachers to a new, online platform designed for...

March 2, 2021 |

Tina Interviewed on Imperfect Buddha

Tina discusses compatibility issues between neo-Advaita and Buddhism, generational conceptions of practice; from...

December 6, 2020 |

“After Awakening” Interview with Ryan Burton

Tina is interviewed by Ryan Burton of “After Awakening.” This is Tina’s best interview covering...

January 22, 2020 |

GuruViking Interviews Tina

In this interview, Tina talks to “Guru Viking” (Steve James) about her life-defining quest for...

November 19, 2019 |

4-Minute Video on “The Four Benefits of the Samatha Practice”

Tina has released a 4-minute video summarizing the tremendous benefits of committing to the Samatha (concentration...

Read More