At the Samadhi Silent Retreats we practice the ancient art of Tantra to Calm The Mind.
Tantra is an Asian tradition of beliefs and meditation and ritual practices that seeks to channel the divine energy of the macrocosm or godhead into the human microcosm, in order to attain psychic abilities and enlightenment. It arose in India no later than the 5th century CE, and had a strong influence on both Hinduism and Buddhism. Some typical examples of Tantra include noticing the body sensations as one does Yoga asanas or Tai Chi; or while kneeling to pray, fasting, bathing, eating, sitting in lotus postion, during sex, or breathing exercises.
Tantra, in our context, is the explicit emphasis on the sensory experience; Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Tasting, and Smelling. The Tantric perception can become all consuming. Focusing mindfully on any sensation of the five senses and allowing the mind to be one with this awareness, without concepts, will allow Samadhi to overcome the thinking mind. When in the state of Samadhi, the results are consistent with the origin of the tantric practice, the "individual" remembers the Oneness, dissolving into the awareness of The Source, for the explicit result of Self-Realization.
In the Samadhi Resin CeremonyTM for instance, we use three of the Tantric senses:
Hearing: We place our attention on a poignant and evocative chant, used for centuries to evoke a sense of spiritual oneness.
Smelling: We utilize a variety of ancient tree resins that have been exhaustively tested for their ability to create an aroma which allows participants to easily access a meditative state during their heating. These resins have been used for eons for this exact purpose within multiple religions.
Feeling: We breathe deeply and consciously using a specific breathing exercise called a Pranayama, which pinpoints our awareness on this body sensation.
Alternating between these senses when we become too attached or distracted, becomes the practice, which will allow the mind to become calm and peaceful.
"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."