The Benefits of Meditation?
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.
If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly.
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.
At Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, we offer monthly meditation classes to give everyone an opportunity to focus and connect with their inner peace and navigate their lives more meaningfully. The mini-meditation retreats which are Saturdays from 10am - 1pm are designed for people who are new to meditation and those who wish to deepen their understanding of a particular aspect of practice.
We offer more in-depth day retreats on Saturdays which are designed for people who have been coming and have a basis of understanding of Buddhist teachings. These retreats are Saturdays from 9 am - 5 pm.