For the past year, Meditatio, the outreach of the The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) has been collaborating with the Georgetown McDonough School of Business in introducing meditation to MBA students.
On Tuesday 9th April, this collaboration reached a new level with the seminar Leading from the Center. The Seminar focused on how the practice of meditation enhances the professional effectiveness of leaders and also how it helps develop an ethical culture in finance and business.
Above: Dean of the Business School, David Thomas, formerly of the Harvard Business School, welcomed the three speakers and affirmed the School's commitment to teaching meditation in its academic curriculum.
"Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I've had", Ray Dalio, Founder and Chief Investment Oﬃcer of Bridgewater Associates, in conversation at the John Main Centre for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University.
On Tuesday, September 25th, WCCM’s Meditatio Programme introduced meditation to the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. (Georgetown ranks in the top 25 out of more than 400 US graduate management programmes.) The well-attended opening session featured a lecture by Fr. Laurence Freeman and a presentation by International Monetary Fund General Counsel Sean Hagan, and a brief experience of meditation. Attendees included faculty, staff and students of the school. Dean David Thomas (photo), who was also in attendance and participated in the entire hour-and-a-half meeting, addressed the group to express his strong support for the idea of including meditation in the training of future business leaders. The high visibility of the launch was followed the next week in one of the Business School’s lecture halls by a more low-key regular working session, that is to say, by a twenty-minute silent meditation, preceded by an introductory talk by John Main Center director Gregory Robison. Participation at the working session was as large as at the launch. The plan is to continue these late Tuesday afternoon sessions for the rest of the academic term, and in the spring term begin including meditation modules in courses in Organizational Behavior.
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.”