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 will run every Thursday during the 2018 spring term starting with the first class on Thursday 18th January. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: University of Westminster Regents Street Campus. Room R29, 309 Regents Street London W1B 2HW
Less than 5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus.