Learn Samatha meditation
What are the options?
1 - Local weekly classes are held around the UK. To find your nearest class click on the "find your nearest class" menu item above.
2 - Weekend or sometimes longer Introductory Courses held at one of our three centres. To find details choose "Weekend Courses" in the menu on the right.
3 - Online Zoom Classes. To find details choose "Learn Samatha at home" in the menu on the right.
4 - A 30 week Online Moodle Course beginning each October. To find details choose "Learn samatha at home" in the menu on the right.
How do local weekly classes work?
For most people it's best to learn Samatha meditation at a weekly group meeting.
Weekly classes are held at the meditation centres in Manchester and Milton Keynes as well as many other places around the UK.
Local classes often meet in community centres, libraries or church halls.
Each class is led by an experienced teacher who will gradually introduce the stages of the Samatha meditation practice.
A vital part of learning Samatha meditation is receiving individual advice and guidance from your meditation teacher during the class.
Classes usual last about one and a half hours. They often begin with a group meditation practice which is followed by a talk about some aspect of developing the practice followed by discussion and individual consultations with the teacher.
Learning Samatha Buddhist meditation is a gradual process and it usually takes about 9 months to learn all the stages of the practice.
What will I learn?
Samatha meditation has a number of stages to help gradually train the mind.
Breathing mindfulness is the usual basis of the meditation practice. The stages of the practice are taught individually and progressively. Besides the meditation technique, some theory, usually from the teaching of the Buddha, is introduced to support the development of the practice.
By regular daily practice, the qualities of mindfulness and concentration develop and strengthen.
The chattering, unruly mind gradually becomes calmer and develops clarity, encouraging the development of insight. 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.
What does it cost?
It's up to you! We rely entirely on your donations to pay for the upkeep and running costs of the centre and to keep classes running, so please give what you can. Teachers give their time free of charge.
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 or on a chair. Though not absolutely necessary, looser clothing is an advantage.
Do I have to be a Buddhist?
Not at all, the practice is open to anyone, whether you have a religious belief or not.