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JOHN MAIN
Collected Talks

Word into Silence
  I Word into Silence - #6204
Word into Silence is the first of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. This set of talks was given in the 1970s in England as an introduction to meditation and a means of encouragement for those who had begun to meditate.

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The Christian Mysteries: Prayer and Sacrament   II The Christian Mysteries: Prayer and Sacrament - #6205
The Christian Mysteries: Prayer and Sacrament is the second of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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.

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Moment of Christ   III Moment of Christ - #6206
Moment of Christ is the third of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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.

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The Way of Unknowing   IV The Way of Unknowing - #6207
The Way of Unknowing is the fourth of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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.

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The Heart of Creation   V The Heart of Creation - #6208
The Heart of Creation is the fifth of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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.

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Word Made Flesh   VI Word Made Flesh - #6210
Word Made Flesh is the sixth of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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.

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Door to Silence   VII Door to Silence - #6212
Door to Silence is the seventh of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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.

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In the Beginning   VIII In the Beginning - #6213
In the Beginning is the eighth of eight sets of John Main’s collected 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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The Collected Talks of John Main make available to people today the unique and transforming power of his oral teaching. The best form of a spiritual teaching has always been the spoken word. These talks were the first phase of what later became The World Community for Christian Meditation, the global contemplative family that continues to grow through the inspiration of his teaching. Each of the eight sets of the Collected Talks is published as a book with the same title.

Although it is more than thirty years since he died, as I re-listen to John Main’s talks, I am still amazed at the power, clarity and radical simplicity of what he taught. How luminous they are. How fresh and joyful in their directness. How unchanged by the passage of a generation is the urgency of his message. I know of no other teaching in this form that carries the spirit of the gospel, as a living Word, so directly and purely into the heart. Laurence Freeman OSB, Director WCCM

It was these talks of John Main that inspired me to start meditating. There was a certain power and persuasive authority in his voice. Listening to the talk time and again sustained me in the wobbly early stages and has kept me steady on the path. I have put together this collection of John Main’s talks so that both beginners to meditation and ongoing meditators may be encouraged by the authoritative and yet gentle guidance of this contemporary master of prayer. Peter Ng, Trustee WCCM

THE COMPLETE “COLLECTED TALKS” SERIES IS DESCRIBED IN A BOOKLET ENCLOSED IN EACH CD BOX.





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