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.
This class usually runs on a Thursday evening at the University of Westminster's Regents Street campus starting at 7.30 pm for those coming for the first time and at 8.00pm for those who have been before. Unfortunately we are unable to hold the class at the moment. Any future news about the class will be sent via email to all those on the mailing list. If you would like to be added to this mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.