Samatha means calm.
Through this practice, we aim to move the mind into calm and stillness while remaining alert and awake.
By placing mindfulness on the breath, we cultivate the arising of joy and concentration. By practicing over time, the chattering, unruly mind settles down and we begin to understand more about the mental habits that keep us from happiness, freedom, and understanding.
We can become kinder to ourselves and others; we can develop minds at once open to change and rooted in ethics; we can become more curious about the world around us.
For many, Buddhist practice is more inquiry than worship. You are welcome whatever your religious beliefs.
All regular classes are free of charge, always. Donations are warmly accepted and go back into supporting the practice.
Online Classes During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Our North American teachers are in the process of evaluating how best to continue teaching the practice. Several of us are making plans to offer our classes online, via live video instruction, practice, & discussion.
If you are already part of a local sangha, please check your local page, or contact your teacher about their plans.
If you’re looking to start a practice, please feel free to contact us, either on the page closest to where you live, or at our general mailbox.