Laurence Freeman was born in London, was educated by the Benedictines and then took a Masters Degree in English Literature at New College, Oxford. After experience at the United Nations, in merchant banking and journalism he became a Benedictine monk.

His spiritual guide was Dom John Main whom Fr Laurence had known for many years even before entering the monastic life. He studied with Fr John in his novitiate and then assisted him with the establishment of the first Christian Meditation Centre in London in 1975 which was the origin of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Fr Laurence accompanied Fr John to Canada where they had been invited to establish a small Benedictine community teaching and practising meditation. From here John Main and Laurence Freeman saw the steady recovery of this spiritual tradition around the world. Fr Laurence was ordained priest in 1980.

After John Main's death in 1982 Fr Laurence succeeded him and since then has been travelling widely to continue the work John Main initiated. In 1991 The World Community for Christian Meditation was named and Fr Laurence became its spiritual teacher.

(Image) Fr Laurence is a monk of the Monastery of Christ the King, Cockfosters, London in the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation. From the International Centre of the Christian Meditation Community in London he now serves a worldwide network of 27 meditation centres and more than a thousand weekly meditation groups in 50 countries. He travels regularly in North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is involved in the contemplative inter-religious dialogue and led The Way of Peace dialogue with the Dalai Lama.

Laurence Freeman is the editor of John Main's works.

He is also the author of "Light Within", "The Selfless Self", "A Short Span of Days", "Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice," "Web of Silence," and "Jesus: The Teacher Within." He has produced many sets of tapes and authored many articles.

The International Centre
The World Community for Christian Meditation
St. Mark's, Myddleton Square
London EC1R 1XX
England, UK

Tel: 020 7278 2070
Fax: 020 7713 6346
Email: wccm@compuserve.com

For further information on the World Community and Fr Laurence's schedule visit the Web page: www.wccm.org

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Miscellaneous Articles by Father Laurence.
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  • Special Message from Father Laurence dated 09/11/01
  • The Silence of the Soul
  • "Way of Peace" Pilgrimage to India
  • Under the Bodhi Tree - The Way of Peace
  • Friendship: The Way of Peace - The Dalai Lama
  • "The Grateful Church of the Future"
  • "Meditation in the Holy Land"
  • Address to Brazilian Educators
  • Father Laurence discusses Meditation and Centering Prayer.
    Excerpted from the USA Newsletter September 1994
  • Dalai Lama Interview
  • Bede Griffiths Eulogy

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