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Modern Buddhism Center in US offers Stress Relief Teachings to people of all Religions through Meditation

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a teacher at Kadampa has accepted the task of delivering the modern Buddhism to the modern world

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Madison, US, November 9, 2016: It’s not new to us that how stress and tension have taken away the happiness and positivity from our life. Amidst the race to achieve greater heights, complete daily tasks, find solutions to problems, a happy and healthy mind is hard to find in the crowd.

To help people overcome stress and find their way back to healthy mind, the Kadampa Meditation Center Madison has been recently opened on Park Street in US. It offers numerous opportunities to students and the greater Madison community to help them practice Kadampa or the Modern Buddhism and learn meditation.

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According to the report, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the teacher at Kadampa has accepted this task of delivering the modern Buddhism to the modern world. Gen Kelsang Gomlam who is the resident teacher at the center said that before Gyatso, the teachings of Buddhism was mostly for the monks but the teachings of modern Buddhism are open to the general public.

Gomlam said, “His complete focus is on providing places and teachers that are qualified to teach Buddha’s teachings in a modern presentation that’s easy for people who are busy. It’s definitely not about making people Buddhist, it’s presenting methods to help people solve their human problems.”

Gomlam added, according to people, happiness comes from the external world but actually the feeling comes from inside the mind. “We have an essence that’s actually positive, but it gets clouded by stress, busyness, external situations and then we feel overwhelmed and our peaceful part doesn’t function.”

Mollie Gossage, a University of Wisconsin graduate student and also a participant in Diamond Way Buddhism- UW chapter who also sees the value of meditation said that the students have an interest in all the forms of meditation because of studies which show the benefits of it. She also added that meditation has gained popularity in the recent years, mentioned badgerherald.com.

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Gossage said that there are other forms of meditation, besides the available Buddhist meditation but the goals are different for the two of them. Gossage started the practice of meditation as a strategy to increase the concentration in her studies.

Gossage says- “It’s not just about making yourself more comfortable, but actually transforming your mind completely and transforming your emotions.”

Gomlam speaking about the new center on Park Street says, it functions to provide people what they require in their busy life to help them maintain peace of mind. A little bit of instruction can also help.

“Meditation needs to be integrated into daily life,” Gomlam said.

“We can understand that there is hope, we just need to look for happiness where it can be found. It’s not found in anything outside of our mind, “he added further.

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To fix problems one needs to come from a clear and positive mind during the stressful and troubling times. Gomlam said, people love to train their mind which involves training through the ways which lead to one’s own happiness.

“Meditation means learning how to give rise to your own mental peace — something you have in you all the time,” Gomlam further added.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Good initiative….Hope meditation is going to help people to lead a stress free life

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The Exclusivism of Religion Terrorizing The Humanity

Acknowledging, respecting other faiths, and mingling together in their celebrations doubtlessly awaken our dormant godliness. This will certainly help purify our mind and steady our devotion. 

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At least to allow the grand idea of “humanity” to survive? Amidst of technological advances and luxuries we are fast getting away from basic realities of life!

BY: Salil Gewali 

The terror bombings that ripped through three churches and four luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka have left 359 people dead and 500 others injured. World-wide condemnation has been expressed against the perpetrators. This is nothing more than the usual “ritual”. Almost all such deadly explosions are followed by strong denunciation and the offering of condolences and prayers. But will mere hollow condemnations and condolences enough? How many such cold-blooded blasts have happened at scared place of worship like Church, Mosques, Temples, Synagogue in past three years? Could we not rather find out the core causes leading to the incidents? At least to allow the grand idea of “humanity” to survive? Amidst of technological advances and luxuries we are fast getting away from basic realities of life! The frequent terror bombings have made us more worried and apprehensive than ever before. Should this not bring the world leaders — spiritual, political and also thinkers, to one table and find the solution? But that will not happen, and the innocent people will continue to die at the hand of such bloodthirsty people.

What a big irony that the evils of intolerance, dogmatism and hatred explosively originate from the holy altar of religions! Now the world should fear the religious fanatics more than humane atheists. Moreover, if we dig deeper, we shall find the causes of such bloody hostility lies in the misinterpretation of GOD and the holy books we are following. We have foolishly cut the “inconceivable” GOD to our size. We have regarded others as “non-believers” if they worship HIM in a little different way. We undermine them, we belittle their holy scriptures, we sniff at their culture and mock their tradition and rituals. Not just that, we even find our own ways to misinterpret their scriptures and thereby defame their whole culture and ethos. This has often become a sort of “hubby” among a certain class of people. They are no less than terror bombers, I say this with conviction. Their works insidiously contribute to bring the “division and hatred” among people, communities and their faiths. Such people literally hurt the heart and soul of the people, which is far worse than the “hurt” of those killed in the bomb blasts.

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So, the nonsense bickering, hatred and inhuman cruelty that originates from our “religious exclusivism” has only kept us away from the tenets of humanity.

Indoctrination of exclusivity of one’s practiced religion is doubtlessly one of the prime causes that has driven many to this blind extremism. So much so — they even dedicate that evil acts to the Supreme Almighty and their sacred scriptures!

Why can’t we love our neighbor and fellow others? Is it not the most COMMON and FUNDAMENTAL teaching of the holy scriptures of all religions? Let other notions and handed down beliefs that are “potential” to cause division and disruptive be just set aside. One believes, God will never punish us if we get together and work towards mutual love and brotherhood than being fanatic and hurting others and then hurt oneself. After all we are from one fountain source of His divinity.

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Indoctrination of exclusivity of one’s practiced religion is doubtlessly one of the prime causes that has driven many to this blind extremism.

Of course, the more we go deeper and more we “understand” His “CREATION”, the more we “laugh” at ourselves. We regret our own stupidity too. For instance — in HIS limitless and infinite number of galaxies (just “one” galaxy spreading out in a span of 150000 -200000 light-years) there consists an infinite number of “earths” having their own religions as ours here. Is not their God and our God same? Should we call them heathen because they don’t follow our religion?  Our idea of religious “exclusivism” in the UNIVERSE is not just narrow but it is utterly “childish”. It is exactly like a small kid crying and insisting that her doll is the most expensive and most beautiful on earth! So, the nonsense bickering, hatred and inhuman cruelty that originates from our “religious exclusivism” has only kept us away from the tenets of humanity. Our cruelty arising from the extremism just chases away the divinity from within.

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So, let’s learn first to make peace with other believers and their cultural values. Our paths may be different but the goal is the same. Acknowledging, respecting other faiths, and mingling together in their celebrations doubtlessly awaken our dormant godliness. This will certainly help purify our mind and steady our devotion.  No one’s devotion to Him should ever end up in blasts and human degeneration.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.