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
We run 8-week courses which introduce our meditation and the basics of mindfulness, and lead on for those who wish to regular weekly groups. The next courses will start in the new year, and the precise dates are yet to be confirmed, but if you may be interested do get in touch with the appropriate teacher.
- Thursdays at 6pm in Trinity College, for students. See http://www.cusamatha.org.uk.
- Tuesdays at 5:15pm in Clare College, for students and post-docs. Contact Rachael Harris on rmh1001 at cam.ac.uk.
- There are other groups outside the university, with dates in the new year still needing to be confirmed. If you're interested, please also contact Rachael on rmh1001 at cam.ac.uk.