Entries by GandenCenter

A Guided Meditation for Beginners

Meditation is a powerful way to reduce stress and increase our peace of mind. However, sometimes it is helpful to have an experienced teacher guide us in this process if we are new to meditating. So sit back and enjoy this guided meditation by American Buddhist monk and US National Spiritual Director of the New […]

Can Love Really Hurt?

From pop songs to our own parents, we have all heard it before: “Love hurts”. In our close relationships with others there seems to exist both an incredible potential for joy and happiness, as well as the potential for incredible pain. When our loved one disappoints us, pushes our buttons, or when or relationship falls […]

7 Real-Life Benefits of Meditation

There has been a lot of research lately about the benefits of meditation.  Among other things, scientists have shown that regular prayer and meditation reduce the body’s stress response, change the structure of the brain for the better, decreases anxiety and depression, and reduces loneliness.  Amazing results, right? Well, we at Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina […]

Seven tips for a perfect meditation posture

One of the essential preparations for our meditation session is sitting in a correct meditation posture.  This will allow us to stay alert and comfortable for the meditation session. It is acceptable to sit either in a chair or on the floor. If we sit on the floor, we can try to approximate as closely […]

How to Set up a Meditation Space in Four Easy Steps

To see our post on meditation posture, click here. The importance of creating a dedicated space for meditation cannot be overstated. A dedicated meditation space inspires us, focuses the mind, and is an important part of making meditation a habit. This habit of consistent meditation practice is how we reap the transformative benefits meditation has […]

How to Make Every Day Like New Year’s Day

There is something about the New Year that seems fresh and different. It feels like we’ve been given a clean slate and the upcoming year seems full of possibility. We become energized and feel ready to change or improve ourselves. We even make resolutions to ourselves and others to make this change happen. We all […]