The John Main Seminar
Organized by the WCCM and held in countries around the world, the John Main Seminar has been an annual event since 1984. It was established to honour John Main’s memory and his legacy to broaden and deepen the teaching of Christian meditation. Past presenters have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Cardinal Walter Kaspar, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Christian contemplatives Abbot Thomas Keating, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Father Richard Rohr and Jean Vanier.
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The World Community for Christian Meditation is an international organization of meditators whose practice of this universal tradition is rooted in the teachings of the Gospels and the early Christian monastic methods of prayer and contemplation. Forgotten over the centuries, this aspect of Christian spirituality in the life of the Church was rediscovered and revived by Fr. John Main, OSB (1926-1982), a Benedictine monk who in the 1970s reintroduced it into the lives of religious and lay people alike.
The World Community for Christian Meditation formed in 1991 as a means of continuing John Main’s legacy of spreading the gift of Christian meditation. Directed by Main’s successor, Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, the World Community has its headquarters at the International Centre in London and is served by a network of meditation communities in more than 120 countries (for information on groups, events, and news around the world, please visit the World Community’s international site, www.wccm.org).
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With the MEDITATIO Foundation, the WCCM has started to respond to the spiritual needs of the secular world around it to share the fruits of meditation beyond the mere religious perimeter.
Thus, contemplative meditation is also taught in schools, universities, businesses, hospitals and prisons in several countries.
On the campus of Georgetown University (USA), the WCCM has hosted the John Main Center for Meditation and Interreligious Dialogue for over ten years.
In business and finance, a "Meditation and Leadership" unit has been introduced in several Business Schools in Singapore and Washington.
In the medical community, the Foundation participates in Ireland with the Royal College of Medicine in training and seminars on health and meditation.
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