Instructor: Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens
Biography: A lifetime spiritual seeker, Michael Stevens arrived to his home in Vajrayana Buddhism following a degree in Comparative Religions, graduate work in theology and clinical psychology, and twenty years studying and teaching yoga. Michael opened the first yoga studio in Bend in the early 1980s. In the early 90s he discovered his spiritual home when studying with Tibetan Buddhist masters in the Nyingma tradition (Dudjom Tersar lineage). Michael's spiritual mentors encouraged him to write and teach which led to the founding of the Natural Mind Dharma Center in 1996.

Michael is a vowed householder yogi, meaning he lives in the world while still taking vows of a serious practitioner. He is also a naturalist with a background in botany (wildflowers) and geology. He finds himself most at home in the natural world and this experience weaves its way into his teaching at the center. His wife, Tarn, shares the love of nature. They have been married 43 years.

Michael is author of Being and Ordinary Buddha: Practicing the Natural Mind (available at the center or amazon.com). His approach to the Dharma is thoroughly studied, fearlessly direct, disarmingly humorous, and richly applicable to everyday life.

Classes by this instructor


The Buddhist Point of View
Buddha taught that we all have a naturally conscious and loving presence. However, we get distracted by our reactions to life situations and develop habits of mind that overshadow our original nature. This class will explore how the Buddhist point of view guides the way to remembering the true heart/mind of compassion.
January 19, 2023 to February 23, 2023, Natural Mind Dharma Center