There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for and to change one’s state of mind. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do, and Buddhism teaches that it is the only real antidote to the anxiety, hatred, discontentedness, sleepiness, and confusion that beset the human condition.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, and emotional positivity. By engaging with a particular meditation practice one learns the patterns and habits of the mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With discipline and patience these calm and focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly tranquil and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life. Over the millennia countless meditation practices have been developed in the Buddhist tradition. All of them may be described as ‘mind-trainings’, but they take many different approaches. The foundation of all of them, however, is the cultivation of a calm and positive state of mind. Mahabodhi is the only centre in the whole of Ladakh to conduct Dhamma talks and meditation programs. Situated in the center of Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) meditation courses are conducted for the benefit and happiness of the people those who come from within and outside India.
Three day Meditation courses at Main Centre Three day meditation retreats (with morning yoga classes) are conducted at the main Centre during July and August. This is a highly successful program, attracting a large number of participants because it was a short course. The course offered meditation, yoga, dhamma talks, and a questions and answer class. Foreign visitors who do not have sufficient time have benefited from such courses, as it is a good start and a preparation before enrolling for the advanced 10-day courses.
Ten day Vipassana Meditation at the Vipassana Valley
The Vipassana Valley is far away from the hustle and bustle of town life, and is located in a secluded valley which is surrounded by mountains, greenery and cool spring water- a perfect place for the seekers of truth. Courses are conducted by Teachers of the Goenka Vipassana Meditation Centre of Pune on the Goenka tradition and also by Ven. Sanghasena.
LadakhSafari Meditation Tour
The LadakhSafari meditation tour takes you on a sightseeing tour of Leh, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Lamayuru and Redzong Monasteries before you start your 3 full day meditation course.
Daily morning Dhamma Program
Daily morning pujas are conducted in the main Dhamma Hall at the Devachan campus This is well attended by monks, nuns, staff, students, and inmates from Old Age Home, residents and many visitors staying at the campus. Puja consists of Buddhist chanting, guided group meditation, Dhamma talks and recitation of two verses of Dhammapada every day. Dhammapada is a collection verses delivered by the Buddha during his forty-five noble missions of compassion, which is a guideline for right living. Apart from this, children and staff share their experiences / benefits and the joy of Dhamma that they have received from the daily morning program.
Changspa Sub-centre in Leh
Mahabodhi has a building complex at Leh city (which is away from the main bazaar and not too noisy) to conduct daily meditation courses, for the benefit and happiness of the people who come from within and outside India. At this centre, Mahabodhi conducts yoga and meditation classes (Monday through to Saturday) throughout the summer months.