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 on Basic Goodness
In this series, we will explore the principle of basic goodness, the idea that all the peace, confidence, and other positive qualities that we seek are to be found in awareness itself. Below you will find more information on these topics, as well as suggested readings from Mingyur Rinpoche’s books, simple instructions for daily meditation practice, and links to related teachings and downloadable guided meditations.
March 20, March 27, April 3 ~ Nurturing the Spark of Awareness
Meditation is a path of discovery. By giving ourselves the space to explore our hearts and minds, we gradually recognize that awareness itself is filled with all the qualities that we often feel are lacking in our lives. Recognizing the presence of compassion, inner peace, wisdom, and other positive qualities in each moment allows for the full expression of our basic goodness and its spontaneous manifestations of compassion and wisdom.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 46-53
April 10, April 17, April 24 ~ Nurturing the Spark of Loving-Kindness and Compassion
Loving-kindness and compassion are rooted in the desire to be happy and free from suffering. Though they may not always be expressed in a skillful manner, these basic desires are present each and every moment. Once we recognize them in our own experience, we can nurture these qualities as manifestations of our basic goodness. In time, we can extend our impulse to be happy and free from suffering to all beings, who share these same desires.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 104-109
May 1, May 8, May 15 ~ Nurturing the Spark of Wisdom
Like a mother bird away from her nest, when we do not recognize our basic goodness we experience a sense perpetual homesickness, a subtle feeling that there is a source of true and lasting contentment that is just out of reach. Though we don’t always look for happiness in the right places, an inner compass lets us know when we are off-course. We can allow this insight to guide us back to our true nature, in which we discover an inner peace that does not depend on the outer circumstances of our lives.
Reading: Joy of Living, pp. 53-58
~ Teachings, Guided Meditations, and Other Resources ~
- We Always Have Joy by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Meditation and Non-meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche
- Beyond Meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche
- What Meditation Really Is by Mingyur Rinpoche
- We Are Always Looking for Happiness by Mingyur Rinpoche
- 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