Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.
Benefits of Meditation
Everyone wants to be happy all the time, but our lives are often filled with frustration and dissatisfaction. This is because normally we rely completely upon external situations to cause the happiness that we desire. As long as things go well, and we get what we want, we feel happy. But whenever the situation changes and things go wrong, without any choice our mind quickly becomes unhappy. Depending on what happens, our mood can swing from feeling elated to disappointed and back many times over the course of a single day. In an analogy, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says that our mind is like a balloon in the wind, continually blown here and there with no ability to control its own direction.
It is impossible to control external events, but through practicing meditation we can gradually learn to control our mind. Then, rather than depending upon external situations for happiness, we rely upon virtuous minds, which are inner sources of happiness. Happiness is a part of the mind, so its real causes must come from within the mind. Gaining control over our mind gives us the freedom to respond to any situation without disturbing our inner peace, and the power to maintain a happy mind regardless of what is happening in our life.
Just as the real causes of happiness are created within our mind, many of our daily problems also come from within the mind. Every day many of us suffer from the problems of anger, attachment, anxiety, jealousy, depression, disappointment, dissatisfaction, and other painful feelings. All of these problems are a part of our mind. Therefore, through meditation we can also learn to recognize, reduce, and finally abandon inner causes of mental pain.
Please visit http://www.meditationpa.org/learn-to-meditate for more info.
Classes held every Saturday. Please check the schedule for times.
Bhante (Reverend) Soma is a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. He has been learning and teaching the wisdom of the Buddha for 19 years. He currently lives in Carlisle and conducts many meditation sessions throughout the area The practice of meditation is more than just stress reduction, although that is one benefit. Bhante Soma will teach participants two techniques.
The first is loving-kindness meditation. How can we expect to love others if we can’t first love ourselves? The second technique is mindfulness meditation. By developing our concentration, we can discover how our mind works, and can begin the task of removing defiling emotions and replacing them with mindfulness, peace, and wisdom.
Classes held every Wednesday. Please check the schedule for times.
Chondzin, has studied Buddhism for 15 years and has been ordained for 13 years in the New Kadampa Tradition, a practical tradition of Modern Buddhism. She has taught Buddhism for 10 years and loves to share ideas that can make people happier and more peaceful, thus helping our world!
Chondzin will be holding an After Work Meditation on Wednesdays. Meditation and Modern Buddhism is a great way for you to relax and unwind before you meet your busy home life. You can do this on your way home and not have to come out again after dinner. The session lasts one hour and its held from 4:30-5:30pm at MRW. The price to participate is only $10 and we meet every Wednesday.
This class will have 2 easy 15 min. guided meditations, and a short talk on practical topics such as how to generate more love in your life, how to deal with irritation, anger or worry, etc. The talks are aimed to be useful to people of all philosophical or religious persuasions.
Before her ordination Chondzin led a full life in the world – she had a long term marriage, raised a family and had several careers in the teaching and healing professions. She has a B.A. from Stanford and a M.A. from Antioch.
Bhante Soma has been a presence at Mending Roots Wellness leading loving kindness meditations along with sharing his kind words and smile. He is now trying to create a permanent space in Carlise, Pennsylvania and is looking for patrons to help him in doing so. Mending Roots is a patron and we would like you to please consider in helping Bhante Soma.