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.
By regular daily practice the chattering, unruly mind gradually becomes calmer and develops clarity. The way our mind works becomes less confusing to us and we begin to understand the habits of mind that hold us back from happiness and freedom. We become kinder to ourselves and those around us. Meditation is a practical matter: increased awareness brings an ability to make the most of ourselves in our daily lives.
The class is open to beginners and experienced meditators. Please bring a cushion if you wish, although chairs are also available.
There will be a short Dhamma talk after the sitting practice and then, a chance for people to report and/or share a cup of tea.
The teaching is given for free. Donations cover the cost of the room hire and ensure the continuation of the class.
The meetings start on Sunday 5th February 2-4pm and again on Sunday 19th February 2-4pm* at;
The Meeting Room
Dalston CLR James Library,
(*Depending on numbers etc. we will decide whether to meet weekly or fortnightly)
Any queries email Tina: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : 077866 85468