Midwest Buddhist Education

“This is my simple religion. No need for temple. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart, is the temple; your philosophy is simple kindness.” Dalai Lama.

Meditation, teachings, special ceremonies and chanting led by Venerable Somnieng
Sessions held in the Meditation Building.


Meditation is a scientific system of relaxed reflection and mind culture that leads the practitioners to a direct experience of their true nature. Each of us is capable of experience a permanent state of total joy, love, clarity and openness. Love begins when a person feels another persons need to be as important as his own self-discovery, Harry Stack Sullivan said.

The purpose of religions is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humanity and forgiveness etc. Along with love, compassion is the fact of altruism. It is a feeling from deep in the heart that you cannot bear others’ suffering without acting to relieve it. As compassion grows stronger, so does the willingness to commit yourself to the welfare of all beings, even if you have to do it alone. Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind. We need to think of each other as brothers and sisters, and to be concerned with each other’s welfare. We must seek to lessen the suffering of others. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole.

All religions teach a message of love, compassion, sincerity, and honesty. Each system seeks its own way to improve life for us all. Loving kindness and compassion are beneficial both for you and for others. Through your kindness toward others, your mind and heart will open to peace.
May all be peaceful and free.
May all friendly and happy!!