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Why Meditation is Important

Our minds quickly become ‘scattered’ when we are constantly bombarded with stress and issues or problems related to family, health, relationships, workplace, financial, clients, etc. Then we learn and accept new ideas as fact that often times conflict logically. Pretty soon we become confused about what’s important and what makes sense. Worrying about so many things all the time expends energy and we become tired, weak, and even sick. Silent meditation means making it a priority to give your mind a rest and to focus on yourself. This gives you the opportunity to detach yourself from everyday life and issues, peel away the perceptual layers of your thoughts, and gain insight into understanding yourself and your inner core.

The Shaolin Meditation System

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Shaolin has a 1,500 year old tradition and meditation is a very important aspect of Shaolin culture and life, even more so than martial arts. What makes Shaolin meditation unique is in its design to minimize distractions of daily life through silent practice. It is believed that this method provides a strong foundation for you to understand yourself and also pave a way to enlightenment.

Shaolin Retreat

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Every year we host a Shaolin Retreat for a few days as a means to offer Shaolin wisdom, culture, training, and fun to the public including children, families, and the elderly. There are two parts, the first focuses on meditation and the second is for fitness and fun. It is also a great way for our Shaolin communities from Markham, Laurentides, and downtown Toronto schools to come together as one.

For the first part of the Shaolin Retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to spend quiet time alone and in a group to cultivate and understand yourself better. Silent sitting meditation is key – no distractions, just you with your thoughts. You’ll learn to focus and concentrate and be in more control of your conscious thinking. Guided meditation sessions are lead by Shi Chang Dao and includes light calisthenics and Ba Duan Jin qi gong.

If you like to learn more about our Shaolin Retreat, please click here.

Your Teacher Shi Chang Dao

Shi Chang Dao is a 35th Generation Shaolin Disciple and has received teachings and guidance from Master Shi Guo Song on various philosophies including Shaolin Ch’an, Taoism, and Confucianism. He has been conducting meditation classes and philosophy teachings since January of 2012. His background also includes studies of religions such as Catholicism. The philosophy he teaches are a result of his experience of application of these ideas to day-to-day life as a Canadian. As a result he is able to translate often complex and confusing ideas into simple and easy to apply methodologies. His philosophy is to help people become strong and independent through self discovery and core realization.

 

Workshop Registration

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Why Join Our Meditation Workshop on Sunday, February 5th?

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The Shaolin Virtue of Perseverance

Ancient Shaolin wisdom teaches us to follow 6 key virtues in our lives as a means to achieve peace in our hearts.  In this article we explore the Shaolin Virtue of Perseverance. What is Perseverance? The standard dictionary for... Read More »

The Shaolin Virtue of Focus

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The Six Shaolin Virtues

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Why Join Our Meditation Workshop on Sunday, December 4th?

Our meditation workshops are lead by traditional Shaolin Disciple Dao Shi. They are designed to benefit people of all skill levels and backgrounds. Experience is not necessary and we have a progressive method of practice. For newcomers, you’ll learn... Read More »

Shaolin Retreat Open For Registration!

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Shaolin Meditation and Ch’an Philosophy Workshop | Sunday, June 12th at 6pm

What: Shaolin Meditation & Ch’an Philosophy Workshop When: Sunday, June 12 from 6pm to 9pm Where: STQI Downtown Toronto School at 393 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor, M5T 1G6 Fee: By Donation (pay what you can) Please register using... Read More »

What Does Dao Shi have to say about Meditation, Kung Fu, and Basketball?

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Shaolin Meditation and Ch’an Philosophy Workshop | Sunday, April 3rd at 6pm

What: Shaolin Meditation & Ch’an Philosophy Workshop When: Sunday, April 3rd from 6pm to 9pm Where: STQI Downtown Toronto School at 393 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor, M5T 1G6 Fee: By Donation (pay what you can) Please register using... Read More »

Shaolin Meditation and Ch’an Philosophy Workshop | Sunday, January 31st at 6pm

What: Shaolin Meditation & Ch’an Philosophy Workshop When: Sunday, January 31st from 6pm to 9pm Where: STQI Downtown Toronto School at 393 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor, M5T 1G6 Fee: By Donation (pay what you can) Please register using... Read More »
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