Fr. Laurence Freeman interview in Financial Times

The head of an international ‘monastery without walls’, says all religions share a mystic tradition. At his London base, he tells how meditation can benefit everyone from children to business people


I’d agreed a date to meet the Anglo-Irish mystic Laurence Freeman. But where, I wondered, would a Benedictine monk have lunch? “How about the community?” Freeman suggested, mentioning the house in Kensington that is his London base. “We can meditate first, and then join the others at table. I only ask that you make a contribution.”

Freeman wants to reinsert contemplation into the melancholy heart of organised western religion. Twenty years ago he helped to found the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), and is the director of its global community of 2,000 meditation groups in 114 countries. Freeman’s work is supported by the Dalai Lama and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Among his pupils is Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father.


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