About Samadhi

The meaning behind the word:

Sam - a - dhi

Coming from the Sanskrit, Samadhi is often translated as ‘single-pointed attention,’ ‘concentration’ or ‘unification of mind.’

The etymology is very revealing – SAM = “totally,” “completely,” “fully” // A = intensifier, e.g. “very,” “really” // DHI (from the root ‘DHA’) = “to place,” “to put.” Samadhi in this context means; totally, really, placing your mind on whatever you’re attending to. Samadhi is perfect concentration, free of all levels of mental excitation and laxity/dullness, and fully absorbed or sunk into an object of focus or into a state of mind.

Buddha described deep samadhi as “peaceful, sublime, an ambrosial dwelling, and it disperses and quells on the spot unwholesome states whenever they arise.” Even with a full interpretation of the meaning of these words, it can be difficult to truly understand what the experience is like, much like trying to explain the taste of chocolate to someone who has never tasted chocolate before. 

Of this mind, Dr Alexander Berzin says;

“With a sharp mind, our energies become concentrated and tamed, and no longer run wildly inside us. We come to experience an exhilaratingly blissful – yet also peaceful – feeling, both on a mental and a physical level. We experience the extraordinary clarity of mind that comes when it’s stripped of any distracting thoughts or extraneous emotions. Without attachment to this bare, clear and blissful state, we can use it for accomplishing any positive purpose we wish.”

Our Mission

We aim to introduce people to meditation, mindfulness & Buddhism, and help them integrate these practices into their daily life.

Meditation is not just for relaxing, rather it can be used to develop deep concentration (samadhi) and to access a state of mind which is the nature of clarity, calmness, bliss and a true sense of well-being. This blissful state is called “shamatha” in Sanskrit. Once we have reached this very advanced concentrated state of mind, our mind is very serviceable, and though vipasyana, transforming our mind and developing deep wisdom and insight is quick and easy.

Whether we wish to experience some temporary peace and calm, or become a happier and more positive person by training to remove bad habits of mind and cultivate positive ones, or find deeper meaning by exploring the depths of our mind and discovering the true nature of reality, meditation can be practised by everyone!

Meditation Classes & Retreats

Samadhi hosts meditation classes and retreats, helping you to deepen your experience of meditation & Buddhism.

Supporting Your Practice

Samadhi hopes to share information, texts and sources that will help guide your own personal practice.

Samadhi Retreat Centre

Samadhi has a vision to create 'Samadhi Retreat Centre' - a self-sustainable, eco community and retreat centre.

Dassetu

Dassetu is an experienced contemplative, meditator & teacher who has studied the mind, meditation, and Buddhism for several years. He is the Founder of Samadhi.

Background

Before discovering the dharma, Dassetu recognised the unceasing suffering being experienced by himself, his family, friends, and colleagues, and the world around him. With no real wisdom to find an answer or solution, he grew despondent. Recognising that there must be answers to his own and others sufferings, he was motivated to seek out a solution or an answer, and from this he discovered Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths. He retrospectively identifies this experience as an expression of his ‘buddha nature’ or ‘primordial consciousness’ wanting to realise itself. 

Dassetu came into contact with teachers of the Gelug school (Tibetan Buddhism) and immediately connected with the dharma, taking refuge in the three jewels. After some time studying and meditating under their guidance, he was requested to teach and share the dharma with others. Since this time, he has received teachings, oral transmission, commentary, and instructions on the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions from several teachers of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, most prominently his root teacher, Lama Alan Wallace.

In his own practise and teachings, Dassetu emphasises those practices emphasised by his root teacher, and what comes from his own experience and insight, in particular the practises and union of shamatha and vipasyana. He draws inspiration from lamas such as Lama Alan Wallace, Dudjom Rinpoche, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Chamtrul Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche & Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.

Teaching

Dassetu has taught classes and workshops internationally, and during the last few years in Spain has been studying and engaging in solitary retreat according to Lama Alan’s direction and instructions. In 2020, he decided to return to teaching and thus founded Samadhi, to bring meditation classes to the people of Cadiz, Malaga & Gibraltar. His teachings and retreats are clear & practical and he has a warm and pragmatic approach. Coming from his own experience as a meditator in the 21st century, he presents his teachings in a simple way that is accessible to all and easy to use in daily life.

In an effort to help everyone uncover the pure, luminous, and peaceful nature of their mind, and discover the ancient wisdom of the Buddha, Dassetu is dedicating his life to spiritual development and his vision for a Samadhi Retreat Centre, a place where people can come to engage in short and long-term retreat on shamatha and vipasyana.