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 that transcends and includes this body and mind. We offer teachings from the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra and Ati (Dzogchen) systems. Meditation as not only a formal practice but also 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.
Pointing Out Way
Pointing Out the Great Way combines a strong grounding in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions and the wisdom of their direct transmission lineages. This provides Westerners of all levels simple, profound, and clear access to the deepest spiritual traditions.
The best way to learn meditation practice and spiritual growth is in relationship. Samadhi offers personalized guidance with John Churchill in meditation and the contemporary spiritual journey. If you have recently become interest in spiritual practice, or if you have been practicing for some time yet are in need of further guidance and clarification to deepen your realization, John is here to support you step by step along the way.
Trained in the Buddhist tradition, and yet very much at home in the Judeo-Christian stream, the scientific enlightenment of modernity, and integrated holistic perspectives, his role is to educate, suggest practices, guide study, catalyze growth, and support you finding your way. As part of the work together you may work with one or all of the following practices:
- Concentration meditation: training the mind to deeply calm thought and stabilize attention
- Compassion meditations: open the heart, soothe emotional pain and strengthen our commitment to relationship with others
- Motivation meditation: to activate a peak performance mindset to contemplative practice and vital engagement in life
- Self inquiry and insight meditations: inquiry into the nature of experience and awareness
- Somatic practices: working with the body and the earth as doorways into freedom
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, you 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.
You will learn to:
- release the stress and tension of your modern life
- calm your thoughts
- open your heart
- work with the ground and earth as doors into boundless open awareness
- listen to gravity as an immediate teacher of freedom
- experience the body as a boundless field of freedom and intimacy
- experience sensation as an 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 and the conscious and unconscious mind, allowing you to ‘ground’ back into the present moment. All these practices are offered to support revealing the natural awareness that is the essence of being human.
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 Dan 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.
Wednesday Night Class Schedule Fall 2017:
Dr. Dan Brown: October 25, November 29, December 13, 20
John Churchill: November 1 & 15, December 6