University of Westminster

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 class runs every Thursday during the University term time. At the moment there is an Easter break and we are provisionally looking to restart on 26th April. Please check this page again as it will be updated as soon as we have confirmation or alternatively email:

Individual and group instruction is given in Samatha meditation and in particular in mindfulness of breathing.

Complete beginners are very welcome – no previous experience is required.

You may wish to bring a cushion to sit on.

No charge is made for the teaching. Donations are welcome however to support and enable Samatha classes in London.

There is no need to book - feel free to just come along but if you have a particular query the organiser of the class can be contacted at

Venue: University of Westminster Regents Street Campus. Room R29, 309 Regents Street London W1B 2HW

Less than 5 minutes walk  from Oxford Circus.