Buddhist Meditation in the Samatha Tradition
Buddha statue against a green wall
Gold Hand
group sat meditating

 Welcome to the Samatha Buddhist Meditation Web Site

  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.
 
  • Residential Meditation Coursesweekend courses for beginners
  • Meditation Classesopen to all - across the UK, in Ireland & US
  • Online Samatha Journaljournal entries of a meditation lineage
  • Samatha Adventuresexperiences from a meditation tradition
  • Manchester Extension Appealfind out how to contribute
Residential Meditation Courses1 Meditation Classes2 Online Samatha Journal3 Samatha Adventures4 Manchester Extension Appeal5