Buddhist Meditation in the Samatha Tradition




Samatha Buddhist Meditation Classes In Manchester

Just like a deep lake,
Clear and undisturbed,
The wise grow peaceful
On hearing the teachings.

(Dhammapada verse 82)

Samatha means calm. Samatha meditation is an effective but gentle way of training the mind to develop inner strength and freedom from turmoil, leading on to clarity and understanding. This path from calm to insight was followed by the Buddha himself, and is a central tradition of Buddhist meditation. There are many kinds of Samatha meditation techniques: this one is based on attention to the breath, a subject which is said to be suitable for all types of people.


Beginners' Meditation classes are held in Chorlton and at Manchester University. Classes run throughout the year during school term times and you may join a class at any time during the term. A particular teacher takes the class on a particular day of the week, and it is best, once you have chosen a class, to keep to that night.

Monday 1.30pm*
Classes resume on 28th April 2014 

Monday 8pm*  
Classes resume on 28th April 2014 

Tuesday 8pm
Classes resume on 29th April 2014 

Wednesday 8pm
Classes resume on 30th April 2014 

Thursday 8pm
Classes resume on 1st May 2014 

Saturday 11am
Classes resume on 3rd May 2014

*There are no classes on bank holiday Mondays

Weekday evening classes begin at 7.50 for an 8 pm start. Feel free to join a class at any time, but please be prompt. There is no charge for classes but donations are welcome.

The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation is located in Chorlton:

19 - 21 High Lane,
Chorlton - cum - Hardy,
M21 9DJ.

Contact us

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Tel: Merryn / Dave on 0161 861 0153

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Classes at manchester University

There is a beginners' meditation class in Meeting Room 4 in the Manchester University Students' Union Building, Oxford Road at 7:00pm on Thursdays during term time.

Please visit www.umu.man.ac.uk/mubs/meditation.html

 for more details.

What will I learn?

The meditation practice has a number of stages to help gradually train the mind. In the Samatha tradition the breath is the usual basis of the meditation practice. The stages of the practice are taught gradually and can take about six months to learn - and a lifetime to develop! Besides the meditation technique some theory to support the development of the practice is also taught. A particular feature of this form of meditation practice is regular one-to-one meetings with the teacher to discuss individual practice and so aid progress.

Classes are friendly, include time for informal discussion and last around two hours. Refreshments are usually included.

What does it cost?

Nothing! Our classes are free but donations are very welcome and make a vital contribution to maintaining the Centre.

Will I have to sit cross-legged on the floor?

You are encouraged to find a meditation posture that is comfortable for you, whether that is sitting on cushions or on a chair. Though not absolutely necessary, looser clothing is an advantage.

Do I have to be a Buddhist?

Not at all, the practice is open to anyone, whether you have a religious belief or not.


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