Contemplation: Do not let your hearts be troubled

Fr Lawrence Freeman OSBIn October 2019, it is the great privilege of The Contemplary to be hosting Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, for a one-day introduction to the essentials of meditation in the Christian tradition.

Drawing upon the message of the Gospels and the Christian mystical tradition, Fr Laurence will introduce participants to a practice of meditation that was passed on by his teacher John Main. Main was an Irish Benedictine monk who, while comfortable in his own Christian tradition, discovered meditation as universal practice while working as a diplomat in the Far East. His encounter led him to recognize and re-express the tradition of meditation in his own Christian monastic tradition. This sowed the seed for what would become a world-wide revitalization of the Christian contemplative tradition and the community that Fr Laurence now leads. This practice is special in the way it can be shared and practiced within both religious and secular contexts. Fr Laurence sees this as a sign of the ‘contemplative revolution’ that the world needs to embrace.

Fr Laurence’s teachings will be specifically focused on the meaning of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer once called a ‘religionless Christianity’. Contemplation, he will suggest, radically reforms religion in a way that transcends all divisions. For this reason, this event is suitable not only for meditators in the Christian tradition, but for contemplatives and aspiring contemplatives from all faith backgrounds – and for the many who stand unaligned to any tradition.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk and one of the most significant teachers of meditation in the Christian tradition worldwide. He is director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, which under his and his teacher Fr John Main’s guidance has developed into a ‘monastery without walls’ with chapters in more than a hundred countries. Today he travels and teaches widely. Fr Laurence has also initiated numerous interfaith events, including a series of important dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Event Details

Program: Contemplation led by Laurence Freeman
Date: Tuesday October 8th 2019, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Location: Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC, Australia.
Cost: Early Bird $65 (available until July 24th, 2019) Full Fee $80 Concession Card Holders $65
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