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.
Join a meditation class
Beginners' Meditation classes are held in Chorlton . Classes run throughout the year with breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer. A particular teacher takes the class on a particular day of the week, and it is best, once you have chosen a class, to keep to that night.
Classes normally run every day except Friday. The times of each class are given below:
**There are no classes on Bank Holiday Weekends
If you can't make it to the first class, it is fine to join later on.
Weekday evening classes begin at 7.50 for an 8pm start. Feel free to join a class at any time, but please be prompt.
All the teaching at the Centre is given free of charge. However, we are completely dependent on donations to pay for the upkeep and running costs of the Centre. Please therefore, if you can, give a donation each time you come to the Centre to enable its work to continue.
For those who have completed all the stages of the meditation practice, which usually takes 6-9 months, there are other groups and study courses available.
Dates of Easter Break 2019
The beginners' meditation classes all take a break over Easter, the last class being that on Wednesday 10 April. All resume in the week beginning Sunday 28 April. Some classes also take a break for one or both of the May bank holidays. Learners are welcome to join the classes at any time: it is not necessary to wait for the start of the new season.
The dates and times in full:
Sunday 19:00, last class 7 April, resumes 28 April. (No classes on 5 May or 26 May.)
Monday 20:00, last class 8 April, resumes 29 April. (No class on 6 May.)
Tuesday 20:00, last class 9 April, resumes 30 April.
Wednesday 20:00, last class 10 April, resumes 1 May.
Thursday 20:00, last class 4 April, resumes 2 May.
Saturday 11:00, last class 6 April, resumes 4 May.
These dates just apply to the beginners' classes. For other activities, please contact the relevant teacher.
Everyone is welcome to join us on the second Sunday of the month for Puja and Paritta chanting held at the Centre at 11am .
The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation is located in Chorlton:
19 - 21 High Lane,
Chorlton - cum - Hardy,
What will I learn?
The meditation practice has a number of stages to help gradually train the mind. In the Samatha tradition the breath is the usual basis of the meditation practice. The stages of the practice are taught gradually and can take about six months to learn - and a lifetime to develop! Besides the meditation technique some theory to support the development of the practice is also taught. A particular feature of this form of meditation practice is regular one-to-one meetings with the teacher to discuss individual practice and so aid progress.
Classes are friendly, include time for informal discussion and last around two hours. Refreshments are usually included.
What does it cost?
It's up to you! We rely entirely on donations. Teachers give their time free of charge but we do depend on your contributions to keep classes at the Centre running, so please give what you can.
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.