At the Samadhi Silent Retreats we practice the ancient art of Chanting to Still The Mind.
Chanting is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, it may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. Like prayer, chanting has been used as a spiritual practice through out time as either a personal or group practice. Chanting can be the repetition of a sacred text, the name(s) of God, or a mantra.
Chanting has been used by indiginous cultures like African, Native Americans, Polynesians, Austrialian Aborigines; by monks and practitioners of many traditions, like Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taosim, Gregorian, Eastern Orthodox, the Baha'i, Judism, and Islamic; by churches, for example the liturgy of the Catholics, Lutherans, and Anglicans; and the Vedic chants of the Hindus.
One of the Chants we recite at the Samadhi Retreats is:
Om Namaha Shivaya
The chant is beautiful and has deeply profound meanings, however we are only interested in its ability to still the mind, through repetition, allowing the space for Samadhi. Chants are always done out loud, whereas Mantras can be recited under the breath, or mentally.
(Om Mani Padme Hum shown at right)
"The benefit of practicing these ancient arts, is attaining the state of Samadhi or “Absolute Silence of the Mind.” By utilizing a single point of focus, the practitioner can become so consumed in awareness that it can lead to a pause in the mind chatter, and then the silence of Samadhi can reveal inner truths that are rarely accessible."