LEARN TO MEDITATE – Beginners Retreat
Saturday, March 27, 2021
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Live-streamed, with explanations and guided breathing meditations that calm and focus our mind; several methods to suit everyone.
Includes an overview of what Buddhist meditation is and is not, with individual guidance as appropriate.
Distractions are the enemy of inner peace, so we need to learn how to handle distractions and find our peaceful center where we can concentrate on a virtuous object that will bring peace and happiness.
Instruction and guidance with Kadam Carol.
Meditation – What is it?
Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and is a mental action that is the main cause of mental peace.
Why do we need to practice meditation?
Because we want to be happy and free from problems. “The only way we can make ourself and others happy all the time is through practicing Buddha’s teachings. This is because happiness depends on a peaceful mind. Developing a peaceful mind depends on practicing meditation. Through practicing Buddha’s teachings we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time, so that we will be happy all the time; regardless of whether our external conditions are good or bad, if we maintain a peaceful mind all the time we will be happy all the time.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, in Mirror of Dharma with Additions.
Through practicing meditation, we can improve our concentration, and reduce distractions. With distractions, we cannot accomplish anything.