Do you live in or near Chester?
Are you interested in learning the fundamental stages of our breath-based meditation practice?
The Chester Samatha Introduction to Meditation class starts again on Wednesday 18th January and continues every week (Except on the dates listed below) at the Chester Civic Trust Rooms on Watergate Row (Bishop Lloyd's Palace, 51/53 Watergate Row, CHESTER, CH1 2LE). The room opens at 6.15 pm, and the class starts at 6.30 pm; the class lasts an hour. Newcomers are welcome at any time of the year. Meditation is taught from a Buddhist perspective but you do not have to be a Buddhist to come and benefit.
The teaching is given freely. To contribute towards room hire and refreshment costs, a donation box is provided; a donation of £4.00 per person per evening is suggested.
The word ‘Samatha’ means calm. The form of meditation taught uses a technique of breathing mindfulness. If practiced regularly it leads to greater calm and clarity, more awareness and sense of well being in daily life. The meditation practice has a number of stages to help gradually train the mind. It takes about 4 months to learn the fundamental stages of the practice.
Meditation is individual to each meditator and so this is fundamentally your practice. But a particular feature of this meditation practice is periodic discussions with the teacher to discuss how mediation is going. During the class, there is a group meditation practice and also usually a short talk on some topic related to the meditation experience.
Samatha Association offers weekend and longer retreats at our national meditation centre in mid-Wales for those who want to take the practice further. (See elsewhere on website)
Please bring along one or two cushions if you are comfortable sitting on the floor. Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing. If you would rather sit on a chair that is completely fine. Help with sitting posture etc... will be given.
If you wish to come to a meeting or simply find out more please contact William Meredith preferably on 01829-759459 (please leave voice mail if unanswered) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note there are no meetings on the following dates;
1st March 2017
12th April 2017
19th April 2017