Courses

The courses we offer

Introductory course, Michaelmas and Lent 2020

We are offering a 16-week introduction to Samatha meditation practice. This course is suited for everyone interested in meditation, mindfulness and learning more about the mind in good company. We meet every Thursday at 7.15-8.30pm starting on the 15th of October. We sit and practice meditation for 20-25 minutes followed by 45 minutes of discussing and sharing our experiences. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your practice one-on-one with the teacher.

CU Samatha Society is a Buddhist meditation group offering meditation classes to anyone interested in investigating more about mindfulness and concentration. 'Samatha' means calm, peacefulness, tranquility, and the practice of Samatha meditation helps to settle the mind's usual turbulence and allow it to move towards stillness. The Samatha Trust has been offering meditation classes in Cambridge University since 1963. We are a Buddhist group, teaching a meditation with roots in Thai Buddhism and going back to ancient India, but what we offer is open to anyone, whether interested in Buddhism or not.

For people who want to continue to develop their meditation after the introductory course, there is an ongoing weekly group.

The courses can help with stress, anxiety, depression and other kinds of distress, but not with severe mental health issues. If you are severely depressed or suffer from a mental illness, it may well not be the right time to start meditation. If you are suffering from milder depression or some other kind of difficulty or distress, please let Lívia know and she can arrange to have a chat with you before the first session.

If you would like attend, please tell us a bit about you by filling out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Lívia lrds2@cam.ac.uk or Oliver ofm23@cam.ac.uk.

*The University also offers mindfulness teaching, see http://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/welfare-and-wellbeing/mindfulness-cam/
MBSR/MBCT courses are also offered locally, see e.g. http://www.cambridgebuddhistcentre.com/stress_and_pain/stress_reduction.php.