A Short description of Oblates in the Christian Meditation Community Laurence Freeman OSB
Unlike other religious leaders, Benedict wrote only one rule of life, not one for men, one for women, and another for lay people. He wrote one rule that can be lived by men and women inside and outside the monastery as monks, nuns, and lay people.
Benedict's Rule is eminently flexible, allowing each monastery to find its own charism. In "MONASTICS IN THE WORLD" Father Laurence recalls his friend and teacher, Dom John Main O.S.B., who placed the tradition of Christian Meditation at the center of the monastic life of the contemplative community he founded. Before his death in 1982, John Main spent his years as a mature Benedictine monk teaching the practice of meditation to all.