Samatha Beginners' Class
Samatha means calm. Using the breath we can gradually learn how to calm the body and mind.
The class introduces you to a basic Samatha technique of meditation practice using attention to the breath, based on the Buddha’s teaching on mindfulness of breathing. It has a number of structured stages to help gradually and gently train the mind.
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.
You do not need to book classes but, as this is a practice which is built up gradually step by step, it is preferable to start at the beginning of the series in September with the introductory/taster session.
You can also just turn up to the first introductory session. If you can't make it to the first class, it is fine to join later on.
Mondays from 25th September at 7.30 - 9.00 pm(please arrive promptly)
*See below for current dates and directions.
The Friends Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9DX
Teaching is given freely but attendees are asked to contribute to the cost of room hire. A donations bowl is provided and about £3/person per evening is suggested.
Chairs are available and sitting in a chair is absolutely fine. Please bring your own cushion/stool if you are comfortable sitting on the floor and wear loose clothing. Help with sitting posture will be given.
Introductory/Taster session on the 25th
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
6th & 13th
The Friends 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.