Our weekly meditation group is free and open to all. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us as we explore the practice of meditation.
Tergar’s approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation group includes short presentations on the basics of meditation practice, guided meditations, and group discussion. Feel free to drop in anytime!
Meeting time: Every Tuesday evening, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Address: Tergar Madison Meditation Center, 301 S Blount Street. Click here for a parking map.
Coordinator: Ryan Fitz
Phone: (608) 616-5429
Facebook: Joy of Living Meditation Group ~ Madison
~ What are we meditating on this month? ~
Meditating with Open Awareness and the Breath
In this series, we will explore the practices of resting in open awareness and meditating on the breath, two simple meditations that allow us to experience a deep sense of wellbeing that is not tied to the ever-shifting conditions of our lives.
January 9, January 16, January 23 ~ Meditating on Open Awareness and the Breath
When resting in open awareness, we become familiar with awareness itself. Eventually we come to see that all the passing thoughts, feelings, and sensory experiences we encounter are not who we really are. This liberating insight helps us to see that we don’t need to look outside of the present moment to find inner peace and contentment.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 94-98; 137-141
February 6, February 13, February 20 ~ Meditating with Open Awareness in Daily Life
(On January 30th, in lieu of our regularly scheduled Tuesday evening meditation session, Dr. Richard Davidson will be giving a Science of Meditation talk at a Gordon Commons Event Center; visit our home page for more information)
Daily life provides us with endless opportunities to “wake up.” Even activities that we normally associate with distraction and escapism, such as watching TV, can be transformed into deeply meaningful activities by using them as gateways to awareness. Eventually, we can learn to rest in meditative awareness throughout the day, regardless of where we are and what we are doing. We begin this process of awakening by simply resting the mind in open awareness, or bringing awareness to the breath, for short intervals as we go about our day.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 203-205 (apply this section specifically to resting in open awareness and meditating on the breath)
February 27, March 6, March 13 ~ Meditating with Open Awareness in Difficult Times
Challenging situations like illness, the loss of a job or a loved one, and problems at home or at work are often times when our emotions take over and we feel powerless to manage our inner lives. One way that we can learn to stay centered in the midst of emotional turmoil is to relax into open awareness. Instead of running from difficult situations or acting out, simply relax the mind and embrace the situation with the gentle touch of awareness.
Reading: Joyful Wisdom, pp. 265-270
~ Teachings, Guided Meditations, and Other Resources ~
- An Introduction to Meditation, Part IV by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Mind Like Space by Mingyur Rinpoche