Richmond Upon Thames

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.

The Class

The Richmond Samatha meditation class is on its Easter holiday at the moment. We will restart on Thursday 27 April 2017 at the peaceful Richmond Quaker Meeting House in central Richmond.  Instruction is given in Samatha meditation and on mindfulness of breathing, in particular.

The address is: Richmond Quaker Meeting House, Retreat Road, Richmond TW9 1NN.  To view a map, please click here.  

Useful things to know about the Richmond Samatha meditation class:

  • The class is open to anyone who wishes to attend.  There is no need to book: please just turn up!
  • No previous experience of meditation or commitment to Buddhism is needed: beginners are most welcome.  
  • Please feel free to join the class any week.
  • There is no charge for teaching but we welcome a donation of £4 or £5 to cover the cost of the room hire.
  • During the class, there is usually a talk and a group meditation practice.
  • Please bring a cushion or two on which you are comfortable sitting.  Chairs are also available.
  • Because everybody's experience of meditation is different, there is an opportunity each week to speak to the teacher one-to-one, before or after the class.

Travel to the Richmond Samatha meditation class: there is a car park nearby at the corner of Friars Lane which is free from 6.30pm and parking may also be available around Richmond Green or in the Old Deer Park car park off the A316.

The Richmond Quaker Meeting House is a short walk from Richmond station with train/tube links to Barnes, Chiswick, Ealing, East Sheen, Hammersmith, Kew, Putney, St Margarets, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Whitton and Twickenham.

Richmond bus station is also close with bus links to East Sheen, Ham, Hounslow, Twickenham and Kew.

More information: If you have any questions or if you would like more information about the Richmond Samatha meditation class, please contact James on