School of Meditation Weekly Teachings

Weekly Teachings 13/03/2011

The Practice

We all know the practice by now:

Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word. We recommend the prayer phrase, Maranatha. Listen to it as you say it, gently but continuously. Do not think or imagine anything spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts and images come, these are distractions at the time of meditation, so keep returning to simply saying the word. Meditate twenty to thirty minutes each morning and evening.

‘Sit still and upright’ is not as easy as it sounds. 

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Weekly Teachings 06/03/2011

 

The universality of meditation

Meditation is a universal spiritual discipline central to most of the World Religions and Wisdom Traditions. There are many different forms of meditation in these various traditions, all equally valid in their own way. In all the emphasis is on practise and experience rather than theory and knowledge.

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Weekly Teachings 27/02/2011

 

How do we prepare for meditation?

 

John Main rediscovered meditation, the faithful repetition of a prayer phrase to lead us into the silence of ‘pure’ prayer. He found it to his utter joy in the writing of an early Christian monk from the 4th century CE, John Cassian, who had sat at the feet of many Christian hermits in the desert of Egypt in that time to learn about prayer and about leading an authentic Christian life.

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Weekly Teachings 20/02/2011

Why do we start to meditate?

 The impetus for starting to meditate is often the moment when we are faced with something out of the ordinary, something that shakes us out of our ordinary perception of reality. It can be a crisis point or major life event at any stage in our lives, when the seemingly secure and unchanging reality we live in is bewilderingly turned upside down: we are rejected by an individual or a group; we face failure, loss of esteem; we lose a treasured job or our health suddenly fails us.

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Weekly Teachings 13/02/2011

 

How did John Main learn about meditation?

John Main was introduced to meditation when he was serving in the British Colonial Service in Malaya. During the course of his duties there he met Swami Satyananda, founder of the ‘Pure Life Society’, who lived a spiritual life dedicated to serving others. John Main was very impressed by the serenity and the holiness of this monk and when the official business was over they started talking about prayer, especially about the Swami’s way of repeating a mantra during the whole period of his meditation.

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Weekly Teachings 06/02/2011

What is Meditation?

Meditation is the faithful repetition of a prayer phrase or 'mantra' as John Main called it. John Main rediscovered this way of prayer in the writings of the early Christians, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, who in the fourth century of our Common Era retired mainly to the desert of Egypt to live an authentic Christian life based on the teaching of Jesus.

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Weekly Teachings 30/01/2011

What is Prayer?

A very old definition of prayer described it as "the raising of the heart and mind to God." What is the "mind"; what is the "heart"? The mind is what thinks - it questions, plans, worries, fantasizes.

The heart is what knows - it loves. The mind is the organ of knowledge, the heart, the organ of love. Mental consciousness must eventually give way and open up to the fuller way of knowing which is heart consciousness. 

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Weekly Teachings

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Weekly Teachings Letter

Dear Friends,

Here, each week, we will post a one page teaching on meditation in the Christian tradition prepared by the WCCM ‘School’. The aim of these Letters - as of the School - is to help deepen a meditator’s understanding of the teaching and of the tradition in which we meditate. 

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