It’s no coincidence that more and more people feel drawn towards meditation.
Our lives are busier than ever; we have high demands from our work and personal lives which are compounded by a rise in mental health issues and stress-related illnesses.
Years of research by psychologists and neurologists have confirmed that meditation has a positive effect not just on individuals but the community as a whole.
Below are some examples of the benefits of a regular meditation practice:
Helps reduce stress
Overcomes anxiety and worry
Brings inner calm and a feeling of well-being
Gives clarity to solve our problems
Helps us deal with challenging people and situations
So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress.
If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we shall experience an increasingly pure form of happiness. Eventually we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we shall be able to reduce this stress.
The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and Meditation Centres that follow the Kadampa Buddhist Tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.