Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

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Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby puppha » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:43 pm

Hello,

I am considered booking for a week-end organised by the Samatha Trust.
I just would like to know if anyone had already tried it and could give me some sort of review? Are they any good?

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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby sampan » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:34 pm

Hello puppha,

I regularly attend meditation sessions with the Samatha Trust in London, and I have spent a weekend at their centre in Wales.

They also have an active centre in Manchester, I understand.

The Samatha Trust is mainly concerned with the teaching and practice of Samatha meditation (no surprises there, then :smile: ) To that end they don't say much about Buddhism to begin with, they just teach calm abiding meditation in a secular way.

The group that I attend includes chanting, metta practice and some sutta study. Several of our members have been regularly attending for up to ten years. The teachers are all long-term experienced meditators, and they are always ready to help our practice with one-to-one discussion.

It's all Therevada-based, as the Samatha Trust was established in the UK by a Thai Buddhist ex-monk who travelled to London in the 1950's, and taught mediation in London and Oxford.

In summary, in response to your question "Are they any good?", I would say "Yes, without a doubt".

Of course, it depends what you are looking for. If you are seeking Vipassana or instant enlightenment or yogic flying, you are sure to be disappointed. If you are looking for a sincere and open group for developing meditation practice, try them.

Hope this helps... I would be very interested to hear how you get on, and whether you agree my assessment, or not.

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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby puppha » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:28 am

Dear Sampan,

Thank you very much for your comments! :anjali:
That looks interesting, I'll give a try to their week-end course.

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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby Spiny Norman » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:54 am

puppha wrote:I am considered booking for a week-end organised by the Samatha Trust.
I just would like to know if anyone had already tried it and could give me some sort of review? Are they any good?


The people I've met seem very sincere and are solid meditators - so I'd recommend them.
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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby puppha » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:57 pm

Thanks for your comment, porpoise. :anjali:
That looks quite promising!

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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby seahorse » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:58 pm

Hi Puppha,
I am also about to book a weekend with them in Wales. I have recently started attending a weekly class and really rate it. The teacher knows his stuff and all seems coolio at the moment.
Hope it goes well for you.
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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby Spiny Norman » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:49 am

puppha wrote:Thanks for your comment, porpoise. :anjali:
That looks quite promising!

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Let us know how you get on. :thumbsup:
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Re: Anyone tried the Samatha Trust (UK)?

Postby puppha » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:05 pm

Let us know how you get on. :thumbsup:[/quote]
Will do! I sent the booking form yesterday.

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