The Samadhi Center, located about half way between Toronto and Ottawa, is a place for people to practice meditation and engage in deep self inquiry. All retreats, including the 10 day long silent retreats at the Samadhi Center, are suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced and require no previous training. At the retreats you will be provided with instructions and teachings in many forms; in the Zendo during meditation practice, evening lectures, during daily group discussion, as well as in private meetings with the facilitators.
There are two polarities within meditation; the Yin and Yang aspects that together are integral to Samadhi. At the Samadhi Center the Yin aspect is explored through various meditation techniques, chanting, sounds and working with energy and the phenomenal world. The yang aspect of Samadhi is learning to realize the true self that is beyond name and form through "non-doing", the "via negativa" or the negative path.
Samadhi, or union with the true self, is the ultimate purpose of prayer, meditation, yoga and all true spiritual practices and pursuits. Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players". When we are identified with our character, our persona, this is Maya, the illusion of the self. Samadhi is awakening from the dream of your character in the play of life.
"Be Stillness, and Know."