STQI Downtown Toronto School
STQI Toronto Meditation
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
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.
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.
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.|