Samatha meditation has been taught and practiced in Oxford for nearly 40 years and there are several groups currently meeting in various parts of Oxford. There are currently two beginners classes running in Oxford: Summertown and Oxford University.
You may join a class at any time. No need to book - just turn up to the class and give it a go. Classes are friendly, include time for informal discussion and last around two hours. There is no charge for teaching, although we ask for donations to cover costs.
Oxford University Class
The classes are held by the Oxford University Buddhist Society and are held Mondays at 8pm during term time, in Corpus Christi College (Frankel Room). For more information, please contact Hugo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone, whether associated with Oxford University or not, is very welcome.
North Oxford Class
Beginners class on Wednesdays at 07:30pm , throughout the year with breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer. Everyone is very welcome!
The Library, North Oxford Association Community Centre
Diamond Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7DP
The Headington class is now closed to beginners.
What will I learn?
Samatha means calm. Over a period, we gradually learn how to use the breath to calm the body and mind (and learn a lot about how our minds work in the process). This meditation is a form "Mindfulness with Breathing" and the technique taught in stages over the weeks.
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 on the floor or on a chair. Looser clothing helps, and please bring a cushion if you want to try sitting on the floor.