Beginners' classes at the Manchester Centre are currently taking place online, using Zoom. For more information, please email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer a weekly drop-in meditation class with an emphasis on wellbeing, Tuesday 2pm. No previous experience is required: please check our Facebook page for this week's link.
For more information about the meditation practice and the Samatha Association go to our national Samatha home page.
May you and all beings be well and happy.
The Manchester Samatha Association continues to incur costs, in maintaining the fabric of the building and paying for day-to-day expenses of maintaining and caring for the Manchester Centre.
We have developed a variety of ways of offering the meditation practice, including chanting, theory groups and other activities online.
We are all warmly invited to continue to support Samatha activities in Manchester.
To donate to the Manchester Centre, please click on the button below.
You will be taken to the Manchester Samatha Association's online donations provider, peoplesfundraising.com.
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.
Meditation classes when we reopen:
Monday 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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.
Classes run throughout the year with breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer.
For those who have completed all the stages of the meditation practice there are other groups and study courses available.
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
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.
The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust is a registered charity, no.1176625. The Manchester Centre is owned by the Samatha Trust, a registered charity established to foster the practice of calm and insight meditation, no. 1179867.
The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust
Safeguarding Policy and Practice
The Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.” As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.
The policy and any attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by thirtyone:eight our Safegurding consultants. The policy is the same as that used by the Samatha Trust.
The Samatha Trust
Concerns and Complaints Procedure
We aim to offer a high level of care and attention to the teaching of meditation in all our classes, courses and associated activities, under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust.
However, we recognise that, in order to maintain, develop and improve the quality and delivery of our courses, we need to receive constructive feedback and be kept informed of any problems experienced by those to whom we teach meditation.
The Samatha Trust will take seriously any feedback, concern or complaint received and aim to resolve problems through the effective use of the Concerns and Complaints Procedure. We endeavour to make those whom we teach aware of this procedure and will provide a copy of the procedure on request. If a complaint alerts us to possible abuse or neglect we will alert the appropriate safeguarding officer who will investigate with the help, if appropriate, of our safeguarding consultants thirtyone:eight.
In appropriate cases we may suggest the involvement of a trusted third party to help resolve any disagreement arising from a concern or complaint.
For further details of how to make a complaint please see the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation Trust Concerns and Complaints Procedure below.