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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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Meditation and Family Life

Meditation and family life, these two can seem like an oxymoron. Meditation brings to mind introspection, reflection, deep thought, and quiet time; words that don’t seem to have any relationship to family life.

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Learn to Meditate in Half-a-Day (Apr. 4)


  • Learn to Meditation
    April 4, 2015
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn to Meditate… in half a day! Once every other month we hold this introductory course designed especially for beginners. Meditation is an effective tool to combat stress, depression, anxiety and other negative states of mind. Through meditating we can develop a habit of thinking positively, which leads to the experience of a more relaxed (more…)

Adventures of a Meditator, Episodes #17-20

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. She is currently meditating every day as part of the Training in Concentration day course – Part 2. This week, she talks about her meditation object, affectionate love. Continue reading…

Adventures of a Meditator, Episodes #13-16

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 weekly updates on this blog to let us know how it’s going. Continue reading…

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Adventures of a Meditator, Episodes # 11-12

May 1st, 2014

Week 12 of daily meditation. These past two weeks have been pretty work intense. Given my ridiculous work schedule, I had to cut my meditation sessions short to make sure I got them in and stayed sane.

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Adventures of a Meditator, Episodes #9-10

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 weekly updates on this blog to let us know how it’s going. Continue reading…

Three Spiritual Lessons from Inmates

Gen Kelsang Nyema is Ganden Center’s Resident Teacher.  Since 2008, she has taught extensively in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.  In this post, Gen Nyema explores three spiritual lessons she’s learned from teaching in South Carolina state prisons. Continue reading…

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Adventures of a Meditator, Episode #2

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…

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