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 runs on Tuesdays during University term time. If you are coming for the first time please arrive by 7.30. If you have been before please arrive by 8.00
Individual and group instruction is given in Samatha meditation and in particular in mindfulness of breathing.
Complete beginners are very welcome – no previous experience is required.
You may wish to bring a cushion to sit on.
No charge is made for the teaching. Donations are welcome however to support and enable Samatha classes in London.
There is no need to book - feel free to just come along but if you have a particular query the organiser of the class can be contacted at email@example.com
University of Westminster
Cavendish Campus Room C1.02
115 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6UW
Approximately 10 minutes walk or less from the following underground stations: Goodge Street, Warren St, Great Portland Street, Regents Park, Oxford Circus.