The John Main Center for Meditation
and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University
Established by Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, and Professor Dennis MacAuliffe in 2005, the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University (the JMC) is one of seven designated “sacred spaces” on one of the nation’s premier college campuses. In addition to maintaining a welcoming venue for silent reflection and prayer open to all, the JMC offers programs promoting the value of contemplative practice for cultural understanding, personal and spiritual development, and meaningful social action. Undergraduate residents of two off-campus townhouses (one for men and one for women, jointly known as “Meditation House”) assist the director in leading half-hour meditation sittings at 13 scheduled times Monday through Friday during the term, as well as yoga sessions three days per week. In addition to serving graduate and undergraduate students at Georgetown, meditation sessions at the JMC are open to faculty and staff from the university as well as to members of the general public.
The director of the JMC also oversees the John Main Archive, housed in Special Collections at the Lauinger Library at Georgetown.
Once each term the JMC sponsors the John Main Lecture and the Good Heart Dialogue on campus.
An eNewsletter, produced for local users of the JMC as well as for friends and supporters around the world, is issued weekly when the university is in session and offers brief reflections on meditation in the John Main tradition, profiles meditators who frequent the JMC, and communicates news about upcoming events.
The John Main Center is managed by the World Community for Christian Meditation. Location: McSherry Building (between Lauinger Library and New North), Washington D.C. 20057
You are welcome to come and learn to meditate and to join in any of the meditations at the Center. Please call ahead to confirm meeting times and days: 12:30 and 6 daily. (202) 320-0917.