Stephan Bodian has been teaching the transformative power of awareness for more than 40 years. 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. As founder and director of the School for Awakening and a licensed psychotherapist, Stephan offers webinars, retreats, books, apps, and spiritual counseling that make profound spiritual teachings and practices accessible to a global audience.
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 has 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 studying Advaita with the European teacher Jean Klein. In 2001 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 other books include Beyond Mindfulness, Everyday Mindfulness, and Buddhism for Dummies.