What Is Meditation?

 

Meditation is an ancient technology that has been used for thousands of years by people wishing to deepen their spiritual understanding and grow on the spiritual path. In modern times, people have become increasingly interested in meditation as a way to promote physical and mental well-being amidst their busy daily lives.

Meditation has something for everyone – it can be used to promote health by decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression and for developing calmer, happier minds. And if we want, it can even take us to our highest potential, full enlightenment.

 

The definition of meditation is a mind that is single-pointedly focused on a virtuous object and whose function is to make the mind peaceful and calm.How to Understand the Mind

 

By cultivating virtuous – or positive – minds – such as love, patience, compassion and wisdom – in meditation, we naturally begin to develop a light, happy mind that experiences worries, mental discomfort and anxiety less and less. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Right now we spend most of our time trying to create an ideal external situation, and thus we spend a great deal of energy trying to control what is happening around us. This often leaves us feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Meditation encourages us to look inwards as the best way to create an ideal life. Why is this?

By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency. With this type of inner strength, no situation can fluster us. We may even welcome difficult situations as challenges or opportunities for growth.

 

A Good Starting Point

 

About MeditationBuddhist teachings include meditation instruction for everyone. For beginners, there are many teachings on simple meditations focused on the breath that show us how simple it is for us to control our mind in daily life.

Those interested can take their meditation practice further and begin to train in cultivating virtuous, or positive states of mind and decreasing delusions, or negative states of mind. Through systematically training in meditation in this way, we will eventually come to experience permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or nirvana.” Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.

 

 

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within.” How to Transform Your Life

 

This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.

So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including poor health, are caused or aggravated by this stress.

 

 

Meditation Classes & Events at Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

Year at a Glance

 

December

New! Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays December 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays December 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM 

Just Meditate | Saturday, December 15 10:00-10:45 AM

Meditations for a Wise Heart | Thursdays, December 6-20  7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, December 16 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Festival of Lights Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24 7:00-8:30 PM

 

January

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays January 2-30 12:00-12:30 PM 

Just Meditate | Saturday, January 5 &26 10:00-10:45 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays January 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays January 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Who is Buddha Tara? |  Tuesday, January 8  7-9 PM

Lamrim Retreat | Saturday, January 12-Tuesday, January 15

Mala Making Workshop  |  Saturday, January 19  10 AM-1 PM

Center Cherishing Day  |  Sunday, January 20 12 PM-2 PM

 

February

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays February 1-27 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

Real Inner Protection: A Weekend on Love with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | February 8-10

Friday Night Lecture: Letting Go of the Past with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | Friday, February 8 7:00-8:30 PM

Saturday Day Course: Moving Our Mind to Love with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | Saturday, February 9, 10 AM-4:00 PM

Special Sunday Morning Class: Love in Daily Life with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | Sunday, February 10 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Drop-In Class: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays February 14 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Giving Power to Our Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, February 23 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

March

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays March 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM Lussier Community Education Center

New! Drop-In Class: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays March 7 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully Half-Day Course | Saturday, March 9 10 AM-2:30 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Sunshine State of Mind | Friday, March 22 7:00-8:30 PM

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | March 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3 (Registration opens December 15, 2018)