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.
A weekly class runs on Thursday evenings.
We are currently having a break over the Christmas period and will be restarting in mid-January with the date to be confirmed shortly.
Beginners as well as those who have been before are welcome.
On the first occasion beginners to this form of samatha meditation practice come to start at 7.30 and those who have been before start at 8 pm.
The class takes place in:
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
These classes are independent of the university, you do not need to be a student or member of staff to attend, but if you are from outside the university, you will need to sign in at Reception.
If you have any queries about the class please email firstname.lastname@example.org.