To Study the Way, is to study the Self
To Study the Self, is to forget the Self
To Forget the Self, is to be awakened by All.
~ Master Dogen
Meditation leads us from identification with the reactivity of thought, personality and time to the realization of our essence as a vast ocean of awareness/love/being that transcends and yet includes this body and mind. At Samadhi we offer the teachings of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra and Ati (dzogchen) We see meditation as not only a formal practice but also as a way of living and viewing the world, which informs the whole of how we live, work and love. Such an approach is non-dual and world embracing in its orientation.
April 26th, May 3rd
March 15th, April 19th, May 24th
This ongoing class and practice community offers the opportunity to explore the path and meditations to understand and awaken to the True Nature of the Mind. This realization frees awareness from obstruction and reactivity and allows awareness to be natural, unbounded and free. This freedom allows for the flowering of the positive qualities of mind and behavior that lead to a life of joyful service in the world; living meditation.
Under the guidance of Dr Daniel P. Brown and John Churchill the ongoing class on Wednesday evenings (7:30-9:30pm) and optional week-long meditation retreat offer a stage by stage training in the Buddhist Indo-Tibetan Mahamudra. Mahamudra, (Great Seal, or Great Embrace) along with Dzogchen (Great Completion) practice is the essence of the non-dual Buddhist path to awakening as discovered by generations of contemplatives in India.
This teaching lineage relies upon an ancient relational way of teaching referred to as ‘pointing out’. The teacher offers detailed explanation of the typical meditation experiences, way to practice, and common problems that arise at each stage of meditation practice. The student describes meditation experience in sufficient detail while the teacher carefully monitors the student’s meditation progress. When the student has developed the practice so as to make the mind ‘fit’ the teacher points out the real nature of the mind and the protected practices that enable the student to awaken to the mind’s real nature.
It has been our experience that the transformation to living meditation does not take time, just sincere practice and motivation. We welcome you to come journey with us.
Embodying the Open Ground
In this weekend intensive with John Churchill both experienced and beginning meditators will turn their attention to the deep resources of their bodies. Rather than struggling to control and discipline the mind you will learn to relax and open into the experience of resting the mind into natural embodiment and awareness. Just like the ancient yogis of Tibet and India we will experience the body as a profound and easy door into natural non-dual awareness. In this weekend you will be closely guided to work directly with body, energy, breath and awareness, grounded in a non-dual Yogic understanding of mind and reality, and informed by an integrative perspective on the body and yogic philosophy. During the weekend you will learn to:
- release the stress and tension of our modern lives
- calm thought
- open the heart
- work with the ground and earth as doors into boundless open awareness
- listen to gravity as a immediate teacher of freedom
- experience the body as a boundless field of freedom and intimacy
- experience sensation as a easy door into natural non-dual awareness
- explore the gates (chakras) and channels of openness to rest in natural effortless meditation
These body meditations are unique. They help calm minds, open hearts, and reveal awareness, yet also heal the deep split between mind and body, the conscious and unconscious mind, and ‘ground’ back into the present moment. All these practices are offered to support revealing the natural awareness that is the essence of being human.
Samadhi also offers one-on-one meditation instruction with practitioners. This affords our students the opportunity to develop a practice specific to the needs of their life situation.
Appointments for Meditation Instruction may be booked by e-mailing email@example.com. Samadhi requires an email address and credit card for booking all private appointments.