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.
There is a weekly class currently running on Thursday evenings through October and November. Beginners as well as those who have been before are welcome. If you are coming for the first time please come to start at 7.30. If you have been before please come to start at 8pm.
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
To find B29: once you have signed in at reception and gone through the security barriers, take the stairs on the left and follow the stairs down and round (3 sets of stairs in all); there will be signs up to guide you.
These classes are independent of the university, you do not need to be a student or member of staff to attend, but if you are from outside the university, you will need to sign in at Reception.