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.
New meditators are welcome to join the classes at any time; it is not necessary to wait for the start of the new season. If you are coming to a class for the first time, please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts for some initial instruction.
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 are friendly, include time for informal discussion and last around two hours. Refreshments are usually included.
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.
For those who have completed all the stages of the meditation practice there are other groups and study courses available.
Classes run throughout the year with breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer.
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 individually and progressively. Besides the meditation technique, some theory to support the development of the practice is also taught.
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.
The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation is located in Chorlton:
19 - 21 High Lane,
Chorlton - cum - Hardy,
Tel: 0161 860 4716
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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.
Everyone is welcome to join us on the second Sunday of the month for Puja and Paritta chanting held at the Centre at 11am. This is an opportunity to join in, listen to and experience Buddhist chanting.
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.