Monday Nights: How to Understand Your Mind

‘We often say “My mind, my mind” but if someone asks us “What is your mind?” we would be hard pushed to answer.

In this series of classes we will explore Buddhist insights into the nature and function of the mind and learn how to use the creative power of our mind to create the experiences we wish for.

As happiness and suffering are states of mind, if we are to find the happiness we seek an understanding of our mind is essential. Through learning how our mind works, we can begin to bring our mind under control, and in this way improve the quality of our life, both now and in the future.

Topics by month

November: Understanding our source of happiness & problems 

  • 11/2 – What is the mind? 
  • 11/9 – What are the different levels of mind? 
  • 11/16 – How does our mind function? 
  • 11/23 – What are feelings? 
  • 11/30 – Looking at how our mind knows things 

December: Fine-tuning our own mind 

  • 12/7 – Intention is everything 
  • 12/14 – What does paying attention really mean? 
  • 12/21 – What is wishing? 
  • 12/28 – What exactly is mindfulness? 

January: Staying positive 

  • 1/4 – There is nothing more powerful than pure concentration! 
  • 1/11 – Lamrim session 
  • 1/18 – Wise and happy 
  • 1/25 – Are faith and intelligence contradictory? 

February: Inner protection from pain 

  • 2/1 – Ethics and Beauty 
  • 2/8 – The freedom of non-attachment 
  • 2/15 – The power of non-hatred 
  • 2/22 – Our inner GPS 

March: The power of positive thinking 

  • 3/1 – Giving energy where it matters (part 1) 
  • 3/8 – Giving energy where it matters (part 2) 
  • 3/15 – Conscientiousness: protecting your mind 
  • 3/22 – Fine-tuning your meditation practice 
  • 3/29 – Non-harmfulness: the key to harmony and peace

Text for the class

Gen Gomlam will be teaching from the text How to Understand the Mind, which is available at this link.

If you are in Madison, we can arrange a no-contact pickup of this book. Just email [email protected] to make arrangements.

Registration Details

Cost: $10 per class; free for Members and Benefactors!
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Monday March 29 2021


7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


$10 single registration (no charge for members)


  • Gen Kelsang Gomlam
    Gen Kelsang Gomlam

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Madison and Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s representative in Madison. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Kadam Dharma for many years. Gen Gomlam’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.