About Stephan Bodian
Stephan offers webinars, retreats, videos, books, and spiritual counseling that make profound spiritual teachings and practices accessible to a global audience. His ground-breaking guidebook Meditation for Dummies helped bring mindfulness to the mainstream, and his book Wake Up Now provides a comprehensive road map to the journey of spiritual awakening. Since 2007 he has been leading an annual, months-long intensive program in spiritual awakening as founder and director of the School for Awakening,
A licensed psychotherapist as well as a spiritual teacher, Stephan has been a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology and in the embodiment of awakened awareness in everyday life. His approach blends compassionate self-inquiry, nondual insight, and transformational techniques from the field of psychotherapy. Drawing on his decades of experience as a therapist and teacher, he specializes in offering guidance that’s tailored to the needs of the individual seeker.
Stephan studied intensively with great masters in the nondual wisdom traditions of Zen, Dzogchen-Mahamudra, and Advaita Vedanta, including 10 years as a Buddhist monk. He began his practice with Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, and spent a decade with the European Advaita master Jean Klein. In 2001, after several years of intensive study, he received Dharma transmission (authorization to teach) from Adyashanti.
He has taught at major retreat centers in North American, including Omega, Hollyhock, Kripalu, The Crossings Austin, and Garrison Institute.
His most recent book, Beyond Mindfulness, cautions that the practice of mindfulness may actually take us away from our natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace and instead offers a more “direct approach” to self-realization. His other books include Everyday Mindfulness and Buddhism for Dummies.