We aim to introduce people to meditation, mindfulness & Buddhism, and help them integrate these practices into their daily life.
Meditation is not just for relaxing, rather it can be used to develop deep concentration (samadhi) and to access a state of mind which is the nature of clarity, calmness, bliss and a true sense of well-being. This blissful state is called “shamatha” in Sanskrit. Once we have reached this very advanced concentrated state of mind, our mind is very serviceable, and though vipasyana, transforming our mind and developing deep wisdom and insight is quick and easy.
Whether we wish to experience some temporary peace and calm, or become a happier and more positive person by training to remove bad habits of mind and cultivate positive ones, or find deeper meaning by exploring the depths of our mind and discovering the true nature of reality, meditation can be practised by everyone!
The meaning behind the word:
Sam - a - dhi
Coming from the Sanskrit, Samadhi is often translated as ‘single-pointed attention,’ ‘concentration’ or ‘unification of mind.’
The etymology is very revealing – SAM = “totally,” “completely,” “fully” // A = intensifier, e.g. “very,” “really” // DHI (from the root ‘DHA’) = “to place,” “to put.” Samadhi in this context means; totally, really, placing your mind on whatever you’re attending to. Samadhi is perfect concentration, free of all levels of mental excitation and laxity/dullness, and fully absorbed or sunk into an object of focus or into a state of mind.
Buddha described deep samadhi as “peaceful, sublime, an ambrosial dwelling, and it disperses and quells on the spot unwholesome states whenever they arise.” Even with a full interpretation of the meaning of these words, it can be difficult to truly understand what the experience is like, much like trying to explain the taste of chocolate to someone who has never tasted chocolate before.
Of this mind, Dr Alexander Berzin says;
“With a sharp mind, our energies become concentrated and tamed, and no longer run wildly inside us. We come to experience an exhilaratingly blissful – yet also peaceful – feeling, both on a mental and a physical level. We experience the extraordinary clarity of mind that comes when it’s stripped of any distracting thoughts or extraneous emotions. Without attachment to this bare, clear and blissful state, we can use it for accomplishing any positive purpose we wish.”
Meditation Classes & Retreats
Meditation classes, day courses and retreats, helping you to deepen your experience of meditation & Buddhism.
Supporting Your Practice
Sharing information, texts and sources that will help guide your own personal practice.
Samadhi has a vision to create 'Samadhi Retreat Centre' - a self-sustainable, eco community and retreat centre.