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

 

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 (No Kids Class Sunday, February 10)

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays February 14 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Meditation 101: Learn to Meditate in Half a Day | 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 March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays March 7 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully Retreat | Saturday, March 9, 9 AM-4:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, March 16 10:00-10:45 AM

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

 

April

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays April 3-30 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class April 5)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays April 4-18 7:00-8:30 PM

A Life of Great Meaning: Changing Our Heart, Life, and World with Kadam Lucy James | April 5-7 

Friday Night Lecture: Changing Our Heart with Kadam Lucy James | Friday, April 5  7:00-8:30 PM 

Saturday Retreat: Changing Our Life with Kadam Lucy James | Saturday, April 6 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special Sunday Morning Class: Changing Our World with Kadam Lucy James | Sunday, April 7 10:00-11:30 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 13 6:30 AM- 4 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, April 20 10:00-10:45 AM

US Festival at KMC New York | Friday April 26-Wednesday May 1 2019  

 

May

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays May 1-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class May 17)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays May 2-30 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class May 16)

Free Sunday Morning Class and Spring Open House | Sunday, May 5 10 AM

Choose Happiness Free Meditation and Talk at Verona Public Library | Wednesday, May 8 7-8 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, May 11 10:00-10:45 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Introduction, Friday May 17  7:00-8:30 PM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Empowerment Saturday May 18  9 AM-5 PM

International Spring Festival at Manjushri KMC | May 24-29

Friday Night Lecture: Silencing Our Inner Critic | Friday, May 31 7-8:30 PM

 

June

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

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

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

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays June 6-20

Giving Power to Our Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, June 8 10 AM-4 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)