My spiritual journey began in 1972 when I met my guru Ramakrishna Ananda while traveling through Southern California. After studying with him for 5 months I received my spiritual name Vishnu Das (servant of the preserving aspect of the Divine). From this point forward, I have dedicated my life to personal spiritual unfoldment.
My interest in spiritual development fueled an enthusiasm for world mysticism. This led me to study Comparative Religions at York University and California State University Fullerton. After completing my Honours Degree in Comparative Religions, I continued my academic studies and received my Master’s degree from McMaster University in Sanskrit and Hindu Religious History, with a minor in Christian Studies.
Since 1998 I have been facilitating meditation classes and workshops in various parts of Ontario and in Vancouver, BC. My personal practice and coursework incorporate a blend of meditations drawn from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. This experience gave me the tools to work successfully for 12 years in corporate middle management. It taught me to balance my life as a meditator with both my work and my personal life.
For the past several years I have been teaching meditation and yoga philosophy at Maureen Rae’s Yoga Studio in Etobicoke and at Yoga by Sarah in St Catharines where I helped to develop their Yoga Teacher’s Training Programs. I am a principle teacher in these programs. See related links on this web-site for more information.
Currently I teach a variety of meditation workshops and classes at various centres in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Brantford, Hamilton and St Catharines. See the Events Calendar for details.
In addition, I offer “Healing Ourselves, Healing Others,” a Healing Meditation Teacher Training Program. This Meditation Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive 150 hour program that teaches the essential elements of meditation, yoga philosophy, world mysticism, spiritual leadership, compassionate living, as well as the principles of Healing Meditations.
Since the Spring of 2007 it has been my privilege to teach classes and workshops in meditation and stress reduction for Wellspring (www.wellspring.ca) at their Halton-Peel, Brampton, Toronto, Sunnybrook and Thorold locations. Wellspring offers support for those living with Cancer and for their caregivers.
In addition, I am a Therapeutic Touch practitioner, pursuing Recognized Practitioner Status with the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario. In November 2011 I was the Keynote speaker at their Annual Conference, leading the post-Conference day long workshop. In May 2012 I was the Keynote speaker and led the primary workshop for the Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network in Halifax.
To date I have released 3 meditation CDs:
Toward Stillness: Guided Meditations for the Beginner
Kali Lila / The Playful Dance of the Divine Mother: Guided Meditations for Inner Transformation
Toward Health and Wellness: Healing Meditations Developed From the Yoga Tradition
These CDs can be ordered through this web-site or can be downloaded from iTunes (search Tony Murdock).