John Main Collected Talks

The Collected Talks of John Main make available to people today the unique and transforming power of his oral teaching. The best form of a spiritual teaching has always been the spoken word. These talks were the first phase of what later became The World Community for Christian Meditation, the global contemplative family that continues to grow through the inspiration of his teaching. Each of the eight sets of the Collected Talks is published as a book with the same title.


Although it is more than thirty years since he died, as I re-listen to John Main’s talks, I am still amazed at the power, clarity and radical simplicity of what he taught. How luminous they are. How fresh and joyful in their directness. How unchanged by the passage of a generation is the urgency of his message. I know of no other teaching in this form that carries the spirit of the gospel, as a living Word, so directly and purely into the heart. Laurence Freeman OSB, Director WCCM


It was these talks of John Main that inspired me to start meditating. There was a certain power and persuasive authority in his voice. Listening to the talk time and again sustained me in the wobbly early stages and has kept me steady on the path. I have put together this collection of John Main’s talks so that both beginners to meditation and ongoing meditators may be encouraged by the authoritative and yet gentle guidance of this contemporary master of prayer. Peter Ng, Trustee WCCM

Collected Talks


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