Meditation is the natural state of mind when it is relaxed, stable, and open.
When our mind is calm and settled, there is a spaciousness that allows time between action and reaction. The trouble is that the mind more frequently runs wild like a monkey. That is what happens when the mind is too agitated, wound up, or out of control. The mind controls you rather than the other way around.
The point of meditation is to create space in your mind. The mind is like a muscle. In the same way that you do physical fitness training to keep your body strong, the mind needs to be trained to be calm and relaxed, yet also alert and wakeful. For Buddhists, meditation is the means by which to experience wisdom directly.
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, beloved for her wit and piercing ability to share Buddhist philosophy and meditation instruction in a way that is easily digestible for the Western mind, offers a teaching on the purpose of meditation and how to begin practicing it.
Atira Zeoli, daughter and heart student of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, is known for her ability to relate the Buddha’s teachings to the modern world with good humor and practical examples. Here she offers instruction for an easy 5 minute meditation to calm and center the mind.
Join our second annual Meditation Challenge for the month of February! Read about it here.
Jump in and learn to meditate! Classes are designed for both beginners and long term meditators. Each class starts with some meditation instruction based off of Jetsunma’s book, Stabilizing the Mind, which provides a strong foundation in meditation and gradually introduces more advanced techniques, all of which help create the causes for inner peace and compassion to swiftly grow within ourselves, even with our busy lifestyles. Sessions always close with a dedication by the group that their efforts help end suffering for all beings.
Weekly Meditation Classes – Join us online every Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m. via webcast. Or view a previous meditation class here
Listen to a Guided Meditation
Jetsunma’s Light Expansion Prayer is a short and simple guided meditation that utilizes visualization as a means to cultivate compassion and understand interdependence
Meditate in Our Virtual Prayer Room
Our virtual prayer room provides a sacred space to meditate wherever you are. This room has supported KPC’s continuous 24-hour prayer vigil for over 35 years. Adorned with beautiful altars, statues, thangkas and large crystals, this energetically potent space offers virtual support for your prayer and meditation practice.