John Main

Our Teacher John Main

John Main OSB (1926-1982) was a Benedictine monk. He rediscovered meditation within the Christian tradition, going back to the times of John Cassion, one of the Desert Fathers, and beyond. John Main’s teachings are a return to the centre of the Christian tradition of silent prayer.
There is a growing fellowship across the world of people who are rediscovering this way in the Christian tradition, and are also realising that silence is a universal form of prayer, shared amongst all the great spiritual traditions. Christian meditation is also known variously as contemplative prayer or silent prayer.


Silence is the language of the Spirit: ‘Be still and Know’, wrote the psalmist. We discover God for ourselves within our own hearts, in the silence, beyond words, images and duality.