Meditation benefits

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 have lots of respect for science, but the majority of us aren’t scientists ourselves.  Instead of double-blind studies and drawing blood samples, we decided to simply ASK some of our students what kinds of differences they’ve seen in their lives thanks to regular meditation.  Here are 7 of their stories.

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Meditation Retreats: December’s Living Lightly Retreat

Recently, KMC SC hosted a weekend meditation retreat at Santee State Park in Santee, South Carolina.  The state park, which is located on Lake Marion, provided a tranquil, peaceful environment for our retreat on Buddha’s wisdom teachings.

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Learning to Sew Buddhist Robes

This guest post is from Dorothy Stafford.  Dorothy has been a member of the Center for almost six years and she is a part of our Foundation Program study class.  Last summer, she traveled to England to take a course on sewing Buddhist robes.  Here’s her story.

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How One Student Used Dharma to Kick an Addiction

The following post was written by a student at KMC SC who has utilized Dharma teachings as a method for kicking a fairly serious drug habit over a period of several years.  It is offered here in the spirit of encouragement and inspiration, and it is not at all meant to suggest that Dharma is the only way, or even the best way, to address an addiction problem.

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Paula Lozano

USC Graduate Student Talks About the Benefits of Going to Ganden Center

You might recognize Paula Lozano.  She’s a member of Ganden Center’s Foundation Program study class, often volunteers to cook, clean, or help with the kids at the Center, and recently she taught our “Simply Meditate” intro course.  What you might not know is that she’s a busy Ph.D. student at the University of South Carolina who’s been juggling school, work, time with her family, and time at the Center for almost three years now.  Here’s what Paula has to say about how going to the Center has been of benefit to her. See her testimonial

A Couple Talks About Their Favorite Parts of Going to Class on Sunday Morning

Sunday mornings are fun for everyone — adults, children, tweens and teens, friends, couples.  In this video, husband and wife Sean and Robyn Glancy talk about what they each like best about going to meditation class on Sundays. Continue reading…

Susan Nelson

Adventures of a Meditator, Episode #1

Susan Hills Nelson lives in Columbia, SC, and works as an attorney for Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough. She has also been attending Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center for about four years. This year, she made a New Year’s Resolution to meditate every day. She’ll be giving us a weekly update on this blog to let us know how it’s going. Continue reading…

A Father and Son Talk About the Changes They See in Each Other

In this short video, Joe and Stephen Kovaz talk about the changes they’ve seen in one another during the time they’ve been attending meditation classes at Ganden Center.  Joe is a member of our Foundation Program; Stephen attends the teen class on Sunday mornings and has also recently joined Foundation Program. Continue reading…