John Main Christian Meditation - WCCM

By means of the mantra we leave behind all passing images
and learn to rest in the infinity of God himself.
- John Main O.S.B.
 
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Christian Meditation
"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)

Fr. John Main, O.S.B.

"In the Christian tradition, the experience of prayer, the experience of meditation, is of unity, of oneness.
It is an experience that changes the whole of our perception of reality.
We see reality as a whole, unified by the basic energy of the cosmos, which is the energy of love.
This is the message of the truth that sets us free."
John Main O.S.B.,
Moment of Christ, p. 41.

Christian Meditation CDs



An Introduction to Christian Meditation - 12 Talks, Dom John MainAn Introduction to Christian Meditation
12 Talks
John Main, O.S.B.
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This CD has twelve short talks intended to serve as an introduction to Christian Meditation.  The talks are between 4 to 9 minutes each and are frequently used at weekly meditation meetings.  Also included is an opening and closing prayer for Christian meditation.
There is no timed silence on this CD.

You can order 6 individual CDs of these talks with the music and meditation time built-in to each CD - see the next option below.

Listen to 2 minutes of the introduction
[MP3 Audio - 940 KB]

An Introduction to Christian Meditation - 12 Talks 6 CD Set, Dom John MainAn Introduction to Christian Meditation
6 CD Set - Including timed silence
John Main, O.S.B.
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This set of six CDs has two talks on each CD along with a period of 20 to 30 mins of timed silence after each talk (20 mins for talks 1, 2 & 6 - 30 mins for the rest).
Each talk is preceded by a short opening prayer by John Main OSB
There is some gentle music at the start and end of each timed silence period.  After meditation there is a short closing prayer, also by Fr. John.
Note: The opening and closing prayers are printed on our Rack Cards which you can order here.

It's a great set for those who do not like to set timers, or if you are starting your own meditation group.  You can also import these talks and silent time into your music program, such as iTunes, and then import them to play on your iPhone or other similar music playing device.

Listen to 2 minutes of the introduction
[MP3 Audio - 940 KB]

20 + 30 Minutes of Timed SilenceChristian Meditation
Timed Silence CD

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This CD starts with an introductory talk by Fr. John, How to Meditate & Why Should We Meditate.  The talk is followed by two options for automatically timing your meditation sessions.
There is one timed silence period of 20 minutes and another one of 30 minutes.
Before each period of timed silence is a descending 3 gong chime, an introductory prayer by Fr. John and some gentle music. 
After the timed silence there is more gentle music, a closing prayer by Fr. John and an ascending 3 gong chime.

Listen to 1 minute of the introduction
[MP3 Audio - 1.13 MB]

An Introduction to Christian Meditation - 4 Talks, Dom John MainAn Introduction to Christian Meditation
4 Talks
John Main, O.S.B.
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This CD has four slightly longer talks given by Fr. John, as an introduction to Christian Meditation.  They each last about 15 minutes.

Listen to 2 minutes of the first talk
[MP3 Audio - 975 KB]

A Theology of Meditation - 4 Talks, Dom John MainA Theology of Meditation
4 Talks

John Main,
O.S.B.
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This CD also has four talks and is intended to be a follow-up to the 4 talks entitled An Introduction to Christian Meditation.  These talks last from about 13 to 16 minutes each.

Listen to 2 minutes of the first talk
[MP3 Audio - 880 KB]

The Hunger for Depth and Meaning - 8 Talks, Dom John MainThe Hunger for Depth and Meaning
8 Talks
John Main,
O.S.B.
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This CD has a brief introduction on how to meditate which is followed by seven talks about Christian Meditation.

Listen to 2 minutes of the first talk
[MP3 Audio - 749 KB]

In Times of Anxiety - 6 Talks, Dom John MainIn Times of Anxiety
6 Talks

John Main,
O.S.B.
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This CD has six talks which help address the human predicament at times of anxiety.

Listen to the 2 minutes of the first talk
[MP3 Audio - 917 KB]

Fully Alive - 6 Talks, Dom John MainFully Alive
6 Talks
John Main, O.S.B.
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This CD has six talks which help deepen your understanding of, and your commitment to, Christian Meditation.

Listen to the 2 minutes of the first talk
[MP3 Audio - 852 KB]

Radical Simplicity, Meditation for Everyone
Radical Simplicity:
Meditation for Everyone

John Main, O.S.B.

Price $14.99
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This is a Book & accompanying CD set in which John Main advises us that all we have to do is to begin, and keep on beginning.  There are no difficult theories to master or techniques to perfect.  Perfectionism and the idea of success are the first things we need to let go of.

The 14 talks have been compiled from original recordings, so some parts may not be of high quality.

The Collected Talks of John MainThe Collected Talks of John Main
Price $249.99
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A set of 8 CD collections, including: Word into Silence, The Christian Mysteries: Pryer and Sacrament, Moment of Christ, The Way of Unknowing, The Heart of Creation, Word Made Flesh, Door to Silence and In the Beginning.
 
Also available to order individually below.

Word into Silence CD, John MainWord into Silence
John Main
, O.S.B.
Part I of the VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $25.99
Status: In Stock

This set of 4 CDs, with 14 talks in total, was given in the 1970s in England as an introduction to meditation and a means of encouragement for those who had begun to meditate.

The Christian Mysteries CD, John MainThe Christian Mysteries: Prayer and Sacrament
John Main
, O.S.B.
Part II of the VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $14.99
Status: In Stock

This 2 CD set contains 8 of John Main’s talks.
John Main believed that meditation verifies the truths of Christian faith from one’s own experience. His reflections on the Sacraments show how this verification springs first from the heart where experience is direct before it touches our minds

Moment of Christ, John MainMoment of Christ
John Mai
n, O.S.B.
Part III of the
VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $37.99
Status: In Stock

This 8 CD set contains 30 of John Main’s talks.
These talks were given at his monastery in Montreal to groups who came on weekday evenings to listen to and meditate with him. The talks were meant to persuade ordinary people, many of whom came straight from work, of the importance of meditating and the simplicity of the Christian tradition and practice of it.

The Way of Unknowing, John MainThe Way of Unknowing
John Mai
n, O.S.B.
Part IV of the
VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $39.99
Status: In Stock

This 9 CD set contains 39 of John Main’s talks.
Listening attentively to his voice prepares you for the silence and stillness of meditation. These talks were designed to introduce meditation to people for the first time, and also to encourage people already meditating to deepen their regular practice.

The Heart of Creation, John MainThe Heart of Creation
John Mai
n, O.S.B.
Part V of the
VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $35.99
Status: In Stock

This 7 CD set contains 30 of John Main’s talks.
The talks were given to meditation groups meeting each week at the Priory in Montreal. John Main is a teacher in the apophatic tradition of imageless, non-conceptual prayer. This form of pure prayer transcends all thought and imagination – not looking at God, but into God.

Word Made Flesh, John MainWord Made Flesh
John Main
, O.S.B.
Part VI of the
VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $30.99
Status: In Stock

This 5 CD set contains 19 of John Main’s talks.
For John Main, meditation was a supremely incarnate way of prayer, leading the person as a whole into wholeness, into a harmony of body, mind and spirit.

Door to Silence, John MainDoor to Silence
John Main
, O.S.B.
Part VII of the
VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $25.99
Status: In Stock

This 4 CD set contains 19 of John Main’s talks.
John Main saw meditation as opening us to the experience of “being”, which is the right basis of all right action and healthy living. As we are slowly transformed by knowing God’s presence within, we begin to see ourselves and others in a new light.

In the Beginning, John MainIn the Beginning
John Main
, O.S.B.
Part VIII of the
VIII Collected Talks Set
Price $37.99
Status: In Stock

This 8 CD set contains 31 of John Main’s talks.
John Main teaches meditation as a simple but demanding discipline, and advises the beginner to simply begin, and persevere. All that matters is to be on the way and to be faithful to the daily practice.
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Fr. John Main O.S.B. (1926 - 1982)


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