As our central practice, we teach a form of meditation which uses a focus on the breath to develop both calm and mindfulness, to understand the mind better and learn how to respond more skilfully rather than react to experience. This form is a traditional Thai meditation technique, which has been taught in Cambridge since 1963. Around this base, we also teach other meditation techniques and explore ways of learning to live well with our own minds and all their various emotions.
Samatha beginners’ classes give a systematic introduction to meditation and mindfulness, and to the basic theory of how they work, which helps in developing the practice. Meditation is individual to each meditator, and keeps on developing and deepening over time, so guidance and discussion are provided not only in the group, but also on a one-to-one basis.
There are other Samatha groups in Cambridge for more experienced meditators and a Samatha Centre in Wales where residential courses are held.
Classes in Cambridge
There are at present two beginners’ classes in Cambridge; one in Cambridge University, at Clare College and one in the town, at the Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane. There is no charge for the University class, but for the town group donations towards the cost of hiring the room are welcome.
If you can be comfortable sitting on the floor, please bring a cushion and wear loose clothing.
The University Class
We offer 7 or 8 week courses which are introductions to meditation and mindfulness, and which lead on, for people who want to continue, to a regular weekly class. The introductory courses can also be used as stand-alone mindfulness courses teaching some basic skills and approaches that may help you cope better with stress and other difficulties. There are introductory courses each term and also over the summer.
For details of all courses see CU Samatha Society.
The Town Class
The town class is not currently meeting.