Samatha Beginners' Class
Samatha means calm. Using the breath we can gradually learn how to calm the body and mind.
A weekly class meets on Mondays 7.30-9.00 pm.
The Leeds weekly group is now closed for the summer recess and will resume in September 2018. Please feel free to contact Richard Teall over the summer if you are interested in the meditation practice. Occasional meetings will be held at different venues for those who are familiar with the practice or would like to hear more about it .
The class introduces you to a meditation practice based on the Buddha’s teaching on mindfulness of breathing. The practice is developed by stages, step by step, leading to greater calm and awareness through attending to the breath.
Instruction on the technique is given to the group and there will be the chance for questions and group discussion as part of each session. Since everybody’s meditation experience is different, there is also the opportunity to discuss your practice with the teacher individually after the group sitting.
Meditation is taught from a Buddhist perspective but you do not have to be a Buddhist (or to become one) to benefit. All welcome whether you have practised meditation before or not.
There is no charge for the class although donations towards the room cost are welcome.
The class is held at the Friends Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DX
The Friends Meeting House (Carlton Hill Quaker Meeting House) is on the east side (on the right coming from Leeds city centre) of Woodhouse Lane at the junction with St Mark's Street.
By car, if you turn into St. Mark's street there is a small car park on the right.
By bus: all buses to the university: 1, 6, 28, 56, 97. From the city centre ask for the stop near 'The Eldon Pub' i.e. the stop after the Parkinson Building Steps (University Clock Tower).
From Headingley, the bus stop is just after you pass the meeting house.
By foot: 20 mins uphill going out of town to the University.