Meditation Centers for the Public

sitemgr_photo_7There are many meditation centers open to the public.Meditation Centers generally offer a wide variety of meditation services suitable for all levels and backgrounds.  They offer services for beginners to advanced practitioners. Some centers may focus on a particular philosophy or method and most are all welcoming to newcomers. There are also both non-spiritual and spiritual-based types of meditation centers.  Some offer services freely, on a dana (donation) basis, or for a small fee to cover operating costs.

At a meditation center, you will learn from experienced meditators and be able to meet other like-minded individuals. The services offered may vary depending on their core focus. Some may offer weekly instructor-led meditation classes or sitting groups. They may offer specialized programs, workshops, and events which you can find on our Events page. They may also offer day-long, weekend, or extendedmeditation retreats categorized under Meditation Retreats.  If you are curious about meditation, the best place to start is at a center near you.  You may even be open to trying different philosophies or methods. These are searchable by Meditation Subcategories. Meditation is a process of self-discovery and patience with oneself. Find a practice that works best for you.

Help us spread the word. If you know of a center not yet listed in our meditation directory please refer them to us. Our goal is to make it easy for people to connect with meditation centers around the world.

By Cheryl Schneider

Meditation Room at Airports!

MEDITATION CENTERS AT san jose AIRPORTSI couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a meditation room at the San Jose airport (Terminal B across from Gate 18).  It had a glass door with the inviting words “Meditation Room”. I peaked inside to scope it out. It was a nice quite carpeted space with comfy upright chairs. There wasn’t anyone in the room but it looked very simple and pleasant.   I made a mental note to check it out the next time I was there.  It’s a really great idea. Airports can be very stressful. With everyone in a rush, the air is thick with tension and anxiety.  You can even see it in people’s facial expressions- rolling eyes, shallow breathing, intense faces. Maybe they should call them “Compassion Rooms”.

By Cheryl Schneider

$3000 Handbag vs Dana?

sitemgr_photo_98Today, I did something unusual, I went into a very upscale handbag shop. Actually, it was a spontaneous decision but heavily influenced by a conversation I had with a friend of mine the other day about a bag she saw for $3,000. I refused to believe that anyone would buy such a bag when there are people suffering all around the world that could use that money. So, I decided to see for myself what a bag like that looks like. And there it was, in a glass case, gold clasps, leather with double stitching, brand name written all over it. I had a strange reaction to it. It was a mixture of repulsion and saddness. $3,000 Handbag vs. Dana? When faced with choices like these, may we find it in our hearts to make the right choices.

Labeling Our Experiences

Although Meditation is a very private process (no one else can access our own minds), it is a process that can be influenced by external forces. So often, we let these factors directly impact the quality of our meditation practice. Some of these factors can be helpful, like taking meditation classes, attending meditation retreats, and participating in meditation groups, while others create mental distractions and are more difficult to let go of. The point here is that even though we may believe that these factors are real, we have complete control over how we ultimately label them as good or bad.

Meditation Types

Meditation Types by

Audio Meditation – Audio meditation is meditation that uses an audio device such as CD player or mp3 player to help the person calm thoughts and reach a sustained mental state of peace and tranquility.

Beginners Meditation – Beginners meditation is simple meditative practices on the breath or the body to achieve a calmer state.

Buddhist Meditation – Buddhist meditation takes the basic principles of meditation and includes methods (such as rituals, images, mantras, breathing) that are particular to the practice of Buddhism.

Cha’n Meditation – In Cha’n meditation, enlightenment is transmitted from master to disciple through seated meditation practiced on a regular basis. Ch’an meditation is similar to Zen.

Concentration Meditation –After an initial state of calm is achieved, concentration meditation can then re-focus the mind on a particular subject to gain insight about its fundamental aspects.

Guided Meditation – Guided meditation uses the human voice, either in person or by audio device, to encourage and guide the meditator into deeper states of concentration.

Himalayan Meditation – Himalayan meditation uses the senses, breath and deeper levels of the mind to reach a center of consciousness and understanding.

Loving-Kindness Metta Meditation – Loving-Kindness Metta meditation is a specific meditative exercise that focuses on producing compassionate and kindness towards all.

Mantra Meditation – Mantra meditation is a Buddhist religious practice that uses short invocations of specific deities, said repeatedly, to help focus on specific qualities of mind.

Martial Arts Meditation –Martial arts meditation was often used by warriors of the past to focus their minds and physical skills to vanquish the enemy.

Meditation for Anxiety – Meditation for anxiety is a good way to manage feelings of panic because it slows down the mental processes that cause fear to grow in both the mind and body.

Meditation for Depression – Meditation for depression focuses on letting go of negative thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness meditation is a practice that uses moment-to-moment awareness to increase understanding of the mind’s workings in order to control thoughts and reactions in everyday life.

Morning Meditation – Many people find that a morning meditation can have a beneficial effect on mood, mental acuity and productivity throughout the day.

Online Meditation – You can now find guided audio or text meditations online that can help to increase the intensity of the meditative state.

Qigong Meditation – Qigong uses physical movement to enhance the meditative state. Qigong meditation is often used as a healing exercise.

Sleep Meditation – Sleep meditation attempts to keep the tranquility of a meditation done before sleep throughout the sleep cycle.

Tai Chi Meditation –Tai Chi meditation helps to focus the mind on each movement of slow, rhythmic and balanced exercises that improve health.

Taoist Meditation – Taoist meditation uses a looser, more flexible method that allows the mind to wander at will to a point of understanding.

Tibetan Meditation – Tibetan meditation uses a variety of ornate images, ritual objects, wall hangings and other items to increase the intensity of the meditative experience.

Transcendental (TMS) Meditation – Transcendental meditation is a type of practice that uses a mantra to free the mind of distracting thoughts and relieve the body of tension.

Vedic Meditation – Vedic meditation has Hindu roots rather than Buddhist roots. It uses the same general techniques and principles.

Vipassana (Insight) Meditation – Vipassana meditation focuses on the flow of breath to calm the mind and gain increased awareness.

Walking Meditation – Walking meditation uses the standard meditative principles with the additional component of walking to increase concentration.

Yoga Meditation – Yoga postures are accompanied by breathing exercises and mind-focusing yoga meditation to improve health.

Zazen (Zen) Meditation – Zen relies on sitting, zazen Zen meditation, and an intense meditative experience that leads to sudden realizations of the nature of reality.

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