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
Buddhist 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
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays & Fridays, April 1-29 | 12-12:30 PM
Thursday Morning Meditation | April 2-23 | 10-11:15 AM
Happy Regardless Sunday Series: Resilience through Meditation | Sundays, April 5-26 | 10-11:15 AM
Living from the Inside Out Monday Night Class: Letting Go of Anger and Resentment| Mondays, April 6-27 | 7-8:15 PM
Buddha's Enlightenment Day: Special Talk with Gen Gomlam | Wednesday, April 15 | 7-8:15 PM
Friday Night Lecture: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression: A Buddhist Perspective | Friday, April 17 | 7-8:15 PM
Abiding at the Heart: Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa Introduction | Friday, May 1 | 7-8:30 PM
Abiding at the Heart: Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa| Saturday, May 2 | 9 AM-5 PM
Abiding at the Heart: Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa Special Sunday Class and Retreat| Sunday, May 3 | 10 AM-5 PM
Happy Regardless Sunday Series: Escape to Reality| Sundays, May 3-31 | 10-11:15 AM
Living from the Inside Out Monday Night Class: Letting Go of Anger and Resentment| Mondays, May 4-18 | 7-8:15 PM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays May 6-29 | 12-12:30 PM
Thursday Morning Meditation | May 7-28 | 10-11:15 AM
Part 1: Friday Night Lecture: Calm Mind in a Crazy World| Friday, May 15 | 7-8:15 PM
Part 2: Saturday Meditation Retreat: Finding the Solution Within| Saturday, May 30 | 10 AM-3 PM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays & Fridays, June 3-30 | 12-12:30 PM
An Evening of Benefit and Bliss: KMC Madison Benefit Dinner| Saturday, June 6 | 5-8 PM
New! Sunday Series| Sundays, June 7-28 | 10-11:30 AM *No Class on June 14
Meditation for Kids | Sundays, June 7-28 | 10-11:30 AM *No Class on June 14
A World of Loving Kindness: Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and Teachings on Loving Kindness | US Festival at KMC New York | June 12-17
Special Away Retreat with KMC Chicago & KMC Madison: Awakening the Heart: A Weekend Retreat on Loving Kindness | Friday, June 26 - Sunday June 28 at Siena Retreat Center in Racine
Part 1: Friday Night Lecture Silencing the Inner Critic | Friday, July 10 | 7-8:30 PM (Rescheduled from March 13)
Part 2: Connecting with Our Pure Potential Meditation Retreat | Saturday, July 18 | 10 AM-4 PM (Rescheduled from March 18)