The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practicing breathing meditation taught at the Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center. At first our mind will be very busy and we might even feel that meditation is making our mind busier, but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is. If we practice in this way, gradually our distracting thoughts will subside and we will experience a profound sense of inner peace.
With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.
Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.
On this website you can find meditation classes almost everyday of the week. We hope that you learn to enjoy the inner peace that comes from meditation.