What is Meditation?
Meditation is an ancient art,
increasingly practised in modern times.
More and more people are turning to meditation to increase their inner peace, good health and wellbeing.
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.
The purpose of meditation is to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being, and to eradicate those that aren’t.
When we take close look at our life, we discover that essentially, most of our time and energy is devoted to mundane activities, such as seeking material and emotional security, enjoying sensory pleasures, establishing a good reputation and so forth.
Although these things might make us happy for a short time, we need to ask if they are providing the deep lasting contentment that we long for. Is this as good as it gets? Sooner or later, we find that these moments of temporary happiness turn right back into dissatisfactions and once more we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of more worldly pleasures.
And so goes the cycle.
If true fulfillment cannot be found in the externals, then where can it be found? The answer: within. In our own mind. With meditation we come to understand that happiness is a state of mind. Therefore, the real source of happiness lies there, and not in external circumstances. If our mind is pure and peaceful, the world we experience will be pure and peaceful. That’s the goal.
This is what do at the Nordic Kadampa Meditation Center – in Oslo.
…we will be free from worries and mental discomfort
Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and that is the main cause of mental peace. The practice of 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. Therefore, it is important to train our mind through meditation. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. 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.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – The New Meditation Handbook