The Function of the School in the Community

Aims:

  • To guide and support those who feel called to share the gift of meditation with others, be it on a one-to-one basis, as a group leader or by giving talks to newcomers
  • To improve the effectiveness of group leaders
  • To enable experienced meditators to start new groups
  • To ensure consistency of the Teaching
  • To create a strong sense of community by linking meditators from different parts of a country through their common experience in a School

Governance:

The School of Meditation is led by the Director of the School of Meditation assisted by the School Council. They work in collaboration with the WCCM Director and the Guiding Board, and oversee the work of the School of Meditation in the Community. Members come from countries all over the world. Some are National School Coordinators; others carry responsibility for specific geographical areas or specific initiatives in the sharing of the teaching. Membership of this Council is for a term of three years. The Director of the School of Meditation is the Chair of the School Council.

The School Council members support and work in close liaison with the Director of the School of Meditation:

  • in overseeing the School’s work world-wide to further the on-going formation and spiritual deepening of meditators in the Community, especially those who pass on the teaching to others.
  • in encouraging the production and sharing of resources, with a view to maintaining the simplicity, consistency and integrity of the teaching.
  • in publicizing and encouraging the use of the School website and assisting with the updating of the latter.
  • in coordinating the scheduling of workshops, seminars and retreats in their area and publicizing national and international events.

Kim Nataraja
Director
School of Meditation
January 2013

Objectives:

The aim of the 'School of Meditation' is to advance the Community's Mission, which is:
"To communicate and nurture meditation as passed on through the teaching of John Main in the Christian Tradition in the spirit of serving the unity of all."

The various aspects of the School of Meditation support and nurture meditators in a way that strengthens and deepens their daily practice, expands their spiritual friendship within the wider community, arising from the shared contemplative path, and leads to a greater knowledge of and appreciation the wonderful ancient Christian tradition in which meditation is grounded.

The program of events held throughout the World Community guide the whole journey of the Christian Meditator from the first steps in the practice to the sharing of the gift with others.

Each step in the School Programme provides an opportunity to share experience, with other meditators, reflect on insights gained and learn how other meditators meet the challenges of the daily discipline of meditation. They will help meditators arrive at a deeper insight into what the experience means to them personally.

There are six stages in the School of Meditation:

  • Stage One – Learning to Meditate in a Group
  • Stage Two – Supporting the Daily Practice
  • Stage Three – Personal Experience and theTradition
  • Stage Four Seminars, Retreats, Workshops
  • Stage Five – The School Retreat
  • Stage Six – Sharing the Gift

For further detailed information on the School Teaching Programme click here.

  • To deepen and clarify the Essential Teaching
  • To enhance knowledge of the History of the Tradition of Meditation
  • To further the ability to nurture fellow meditators by increasing the understanding of the psychological stages of the journey of meditation
  • To increase confidence by developing skills of communication
  • To enable sharing of experience and knowledge
  • To provide resources and experiential models needed

Materials used:

Comprehensive materials have been prepared and are used worldwide with translations into Dutch, Italian, and German. These comprise a Resources Book, Organisational Pack for presenters/organisers of Schools, Liturgy Booklet, Extracts and Summaries of key works, Booklist and Videos. As needs are identified additional materials are produced.