The Function of Mindfulness

The function of mindfulness is to prevent distractions. The more stable our mindfulness, the fewer distracting thoughts we will have. If we meditate with strong mindfulness our mind will remain on its object without distraction and we will naturally develop stable concentration. At the moment the only type of mindfulness we can use is the conceptual mindfulness associated with gross levels of consciousness. We cannot yet use subtle mindfulness associated with subtle levels of consciousness, which is why we are unable to think clearly or meditate while we are asleep. When through meditation we learn to use subtle mindfulness we will be able to meditate even during sleep. Dharma practitioners need to make a continuous effort to improve their mindfulness, both in and out of meditation.

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About Kadampa Meditation Center NYC

Located in the heart of Chelsea, Kadampa Meditation Center NYC provides meditation classes and teachings throughout NYC and the greater New York area.


We offer evening meditation classes on Mondays, TuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays, and Fridays, and morning meditation classes on Tuesdays and Sundays that are suitable for newcomers. Our lunchtime meditations and after-work meditations are only a half-hour long and a great way to get a taste of meditation. We also have a monthly introductory classes, Learn the Fundamentals of Buddhist Meditation, and on occasional weekends, as well as regular day and weekend meditation courses and retreats.