PRISON MINISTRY. I have discovered the power and beauty of bliss. In fact, in discovering how to be free anywhere and putting it in the perspective of: freedom being a ‘mental state of being’, I’m not really looking forward to being paroled. This is the best place, the best circumstance I could put myself in to get a handle on identifying and eradicating all attachment. I want to show my utmost gratitude and respect to you both for your dedication of time and travel and stress that is created by your generosity. Your wisdom and instruction is much appreciated by all of us and I can’t begin to describe how precious and valued group meditation is in this place. Just to be still and quiet during the day is healing let along the Samadhi that comes with it. As always, I look forward to every Friday.
Boyd Unit, TDCJ, Prison Ministry
D. O'Leary.05/15/2016, 04:11 PM
Wonderful 3-day silent meditation retreat with so many opportunities to find that inner peace. From Yoga, Tai Chi, QiGong to mudras, silent meditation, guided meditation, breathing, koans, chanting and of course the discourses by David. All done in a peaceful unassuming environment that welcomes you as if you were home. The food was awesome and David and Dawn are absolute treasures. I can’t say thank you enough for the diverse experiences and the opportunity to look at life a bit differently, a chance to pause and reflect.
Cheryl M.04/24/2016, 06:22 PM
Having grown up a Hindu and around spiritual environment all the time, I never really felt or experienced anything. This is my first spiritual trip to find answers and I enjoyed every moment of it and I feel liberated. And the vegetarian food was delicious.
Sanjay G.04/24/2016, 06:21 PM
"Spend 3 days with your spirit and leave your phone at home."
Spent 3 days with David & Dawn at their Mystic 7 Ranch learning the things we all know. Love my time with you. I learned new techniques & feel closer to my journey's various waypoints.
Ryan Huxley04/24/2016, 06:19 PM
The retreat was awesome and the food wonderful. The variety of experiences were rewarding and profound. I was longing to find a place...a teacher that could touch this spiritual yearning I have. This is the closest I have found to doing just that.
Sherri Huxley04/24/2016, 06:18 PM
YOGA RETREAT. I just held a yoga retreat at the Samadhi Retreat and Meditation Center and I just have to say what a glorious experience it was!
We received a warm and friendly welcoming with a generosity in spirit that was exhibited through our weekend stay there.
We enjoyed every single moment of the experience, from the Grand Room to the woods and lake along with the beautiful meals prepared by Dawn, everything was spectacular!
Thank you so much David and Dawn! I can't wait to come back! -Diana Roehl from Grand Prairie Texas
Well, I'm still decompressing from an amazing 3-day Silent Retreat that I was able to attend, out in the Piney Woods of East Texas. The experience has stayed with me over the past few days, and I can say that it was absolutely wonderful to retreat to this beautiful spot, into this beautiful house, into silence, and breathing exercises, and discourse. I already miss the daily yoga sessions, and the meditations. I believe that my experience will continue to color my life from now on, as I go about my way.
M. Stewart02/02/2016, 11:40 PM
It was a great experience. The food and hominesss of the retreat was great. This was my first silent retreat. My favorite thing was I didn't have to make conversation, and the peace and quiet was what I needed.
Carla J.01/31/2016, 04:55 PM
I loved it all!! I liked the chanting...Thank You. I liked the resins and incense...Thank You. I liked the food... Thank You. I liked the Yoga, I have never done it before... Thank You. I liked the exercise of looking into each others eyes. I have never been to the Mystic 7 in Tyler, and I will be now.
Mary S. 01/31/2016, 04:52 PM
You did a fabulous job of causing people to feel loved, cared for, considered, important, and respected.
It was so good for me to be exposed to things that I am quite unfamiliar with -- it was an experience!!! I completely understand the dilemma Mr. Browning finds himself in, too. Every question he answers raises multiple other questions. He is also dealing with such philosophical issues that often involve paradoxes -- mutually exclusive things that apparently coexist. In describing non-three dimensional experiences, human vocabulary is essentially inadequate; but, it is all we have to work with.
There is NO ARGUING with someone's personal experience. I LOVE that Mr. Browning recognizes that what he has experienced can't be taught, it must be experienced. The understanding/experience is an excellent approach.
The grounds there are beautiful -- it was fabulous to be out in nature. You couldn't have done any better with the weather. In my opinion, it was perfect for the retreat!!! I enjoyed the discourses most of all. The food was really good (for vegetarian). You did a great job organizing showers, keeping us on schedule, and creating great experiences. I was also impressed that a man of Mr. Browning's wealth, brilliance, experience, and enlightenment was so personally involved in delivering and serving food and drinks -- impressive humility and involvement!
I am deeply grateful for all you did, all you are doing, and all you will do to help people have life changing, eternity changing experiences that promote unconditional love and truth. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!