Welcome to the Path of Compassion. My name is Tarakini.
You might know me as Susannah Weaver. Tarakini is a name given to me which more closely resembles my soul essence.
It is an honor to share knowledge, techniques and practices that can bring you closer to your inner guidance and your true heart of compassion. I bring a great love and devotion to the Mother and the sacred feminine to my teaching, a presence and understanding, which has guided me throughout my life.
The seeking impulse and the feeling nature of love touched me as a child growing up with the influence of Jesus within the Episcopal Church. The journey of inner guidance led me in a deepening with Nature and her elements through Lakota, Native American, practices and then to women's wisdom based practices and eventually to yoga and meditation. Tibetan Buddhist Dakini practice opened another gateway to my connection to the sacred feminine that informed and guided my journey. As a teacher of meditation, I continue to draw on my background of the teachings of Hatha yoga and Patanjali's yoga sutras, the Buddha dharma, women's wisdom and from many of the extraordinary teachers I've had the last 20 years. The longing to learn to live my practice and to answer the call to live in closer harmony with nature inspired me to leave Los Angeles and move to Ojai, CA. The same inspiration led me on to Orcas Island, WA where I would continue to learn to connect to the generative love inside of me through luminous meditation practices on a path rooted in tradition.
There is nothing more rewarding than supporting a fellow seeker on their journey. As a meditation teacher, a yoga teacher, a coach and as a bodyworker, I am devoted to helping people on their unique path of inner discovery. I teach people the foundation of mindfulness and the process of effortless letting go which are the necessary ingredients to develop a meditation practice. Meditation practice is not an escape from life but rather allows one to embrace the fullness of life and to bring the connection to one's own essence into life. I teach because I want to share what has led me to more joy, freedom, peace, creativity and love. Whether you are longing for relief from stress, fear and doubt or simply struggling with the challenges that life presents through relationships, jobs, trauma, the things we don’t want and the things we hold on to and fear losing, meditation offers an inward space for transformation and growth potential.
I offer students the Surah Parampara teachings in tandem with elegant meditation techniques for self-realization. Path of Compassion teaches the pillars of mindfulness which act as a foundation to learn the art of meditation. The Karunya Marga, (a Sanskrit term for path of compassion), offers a road to true self knowledge, through the path itself, and the solar meditation techniques enliven wisdom and compassion through the vehicle of practice over time. It is my deepest joy to share with you the essence and teachings of the Amartya tradition.
I came across the healing balm of a Sambodha meditation technique during a time where I emerged from a dark night of the soul after losing a baby. I had stopped meditating all together for a period of time, I was longing to connect to the peace I had experienced in meditation again. When I returned to practice I had difficulty connecting to the ease and grace that meditation had offered me until that crossroads. In 2015, I discovered a way back home to my heart through the experience I began to have with a beautiful meditation technique that I learned. Shortly thereafter, I began to study with my teacher, Aaravindha Himadra. The last 6 years have been devoted to culturing my heart in practice and bringing forward the wisdom of the Surah Parampara tradition. In 2018, I became a Sambodha teacher. The Sambodha classes and workshops I teach are taught in person to better support students. I currently teach in the Seattle, WA area. The teaching of the art of compassion and the pillars of mindfulness online offer the foundation needed to develop and deepen in meditation practice. The online work does not include the lineage breadth of knowledge I offer as a Sambodha teacher.
I continue to invest in myself personally, and as a teacher, by doing annual pilgrimages of meditation retreats and knowledge seminars. Both self-development and the process of continuing to be a student go hand-in-hand, and support my process of integration and sharing with students, I honor the responsibility that comes with stewardship of a unique and precious path. I seek to teach from a place of Maitri, where teacher student relationships are not based on hierarchy but rather on meeting in the place of the inner knower, the inner sun or friend. Scholarships for study are available for students in need.
For more information go to www.surahparampara.org and www.aaravindha.com to see where Aaravindha Himadra is teaching in Europe and the USA. Aaravindha's book, "Immortal Self: A Journey to the Himalayan Valley of the Amartya Masters" can be found here.