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
2018 at a Glance
International Summer Festival KMC Manjushri | July 27-August 11
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays August 1-31 12:00-12:30 PM
Just Meditate | Saturday, August 18 10:00-10:45 AM
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays August 19-26 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays August 19-26 10:00-11:30 AM
Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, August 19 12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Fall Friday Night Lecture Kick-off: Staying Calm When Things Go Wrong | Friday, August 24 7:00-8:15 PM
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays September 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays September 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays September 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM
Transforming Pain Thursday Meditation Series | Thursdays, September 6-27 7:00-8:30 PM
Just Meditate | Saturday September 8 10:00-10:45 AM
Friday Night Lecture: Responding to Rejection | Friday, September 21 7:00-8:15 PM
Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, September 23 12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Safe Inside Meditation Retreat | Saturday, September 29 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays October 3-21 12:00-12:30 PM
International Fall Festival KMC Portugal | October 5-11
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays October 7-28 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays October 7-28 10:00-11:30 AM
Just Meditate | Saturday, October 13 10:00-10:45 AM
What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 18-November 15 7:00 PM-8:30 PM * No Class November 1
Life is But a Dream: An Introduction to Emptiness | October 20 10:00-2:45 PM
Friday Night Lecture: Freedom from Fear and Anxiety | Friday, October 26 7:00-8:15 PM
Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, October 28 12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Midwest Dharma Celebration: Medicine for the Mind | November 2-4
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays November 7-30 12:00-12:30 PM
What Does It Mean to Be a Buddhist | Thursdays, October 4-November 15 (No Class November 1) 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays November 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays November 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Healing from the Heart: Taking and Giving Retreat | November 17 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Center Cherishing Day | Sunday, November 18 12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Just Meditate | Saturday, November 24 10:00-10:45 AM
Friday Night Lecture: How to Survive the Holiday Season | Friday, November 30 7:00-8:15 PM
Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Meditation for Kids | Sundays December 2-30 11-25 10:00-11:30 AM
Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays December 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM
Streams of Purifying Nectar: Vajrasattva Retreat | Saturday, December 8 9:00 AM-5:00 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