The John Main Center at Georgetown

The John Main Center for Meditation
and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University


John Main Center at Georgetown

Location:  McSherry Building (between Lauinger Library and New North), Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 20057

Established in 2005, the John Main Center is a partnership between Georgetown University and the World Community for Christian Meditation. On weekdays during the academic year, the John Main Center hosts on-campus meditation for students, faculty, employees and visitors. It develops an ecumenical and inter-religious community of meditation, inspired by the teaching of John Main.

The John Main Center nurtures community, especially with the students of Meditation House, which is part of Magis Row, an intentional housing community at Georgetown. These students live and meditate together, while assisting with the daily running of the Center. The Center welcomes everyone to the peace of its sacred space at the heart of the Georgetown campus.

Each year the John Main Center hosts the John Main Lecture and the Good Heart Dialogue. The John Main Lecture welcomes a visiting scholar to deliver an academic paper on the intersection of meditation and daily life.

Usually held in the spring, the Good Heart Dialogue involves students and faculty members comparing aspects of at least two faith traditions.

The John Main Center is in its second year of sponsoring the Way of Peace Fellowship, inspired by the Way of Peace Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Undergraduate fellows meet bi-weekly for meditation and inter-faith discussion in preparation for the Way of Peace Conference in April at the Catholic University of America.

The John Main Archives and the John Main Center Archives are held at Georgetown’s Lauinger Library, close to the Center.

Additionally, the Center assists other universities in developing meditation programs on their campuses.  

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You are welcome to come and learn to meditate and to join in any of the meditations at the Center.