Samatha meditation has been taught and practiced in Oxford for nearly 40 years and there are several groups currently meeting in various parts of Oxford. There are currently three classes for beginners running in Oxford: Summertown, Oxford University and New Marston.
You may join a class at any time. No need to book - just turn up to the class and give it a go. Classes are friendly, include time for informal discussion and last around two hours. There is no charge for teaching, although we ask for donations to cover costs.
Oxford University Class
Mondays at 8pm during Oxford University term time.
The Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Everyone, whether associated with Oxford University or not, is very welcome.
New Marston Class
Tuesdays, term-time 7.15 - 8.45pm, New Marston Scout Hall, 238 Marston Road, Oxford
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What will I learn?
Samatha means calm. Over a period, we gradually learn how to use the breath to calm the body and mind (and learn a lot about how our minds work in the process). This meditation is a form "Mindfulness with Breathing" and the technique taught in stages over the weeks.
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 on the floor or on a chair. Looser clothing helps, and please bring a cushion if you want to try sitting on the floor.