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"MEDITATIO MOSCOW"
with fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

8-10 May 2013


The Meditatio-Moscow Seminar will take place on 8-10 May 2013 in Moscow. It will be lead by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, a Benedictine monk from the UK. The Seminar will comprise a number of small-scale sessions on Christian meditation in the tradition of John Main and the activities of the World Community for Christian Meditation(WCCM).

The Seminar is intended for a broad inter-denominational audience and will be beneficial to all who wish to acquaint themselves with our tradition of contemplative prayer. You will find out how this tradition is put into practice today, and in different parts of the world, by Christian contemplative communities that were founded for the purpose of shared meditation practice and are guided by the principles of Benedictine spirituality and open to ecumenical encounters and dialogue with laypeople from all walks of life, as well as to interreligious dialogue.






Centre Pokrovskie vorota
dbiblio.org
st. Pokrovka, d. 27, str. 1


Seminar Christian Meditation: Ancient Wisdom for Modern World
fr.Laurence Freeman

19:00-22:00

Entry is free



Centre "Traditions of the Earth"
healingland.org
st. Pokrovka, 4 (hall of Cultural Center "White Clouds")

Seminar-retreat Inner Pilgrimage
fr.Laurence Freeman

11:00-17:00

PROGRAMME:

11:00
- First talk "CONTEMPLATIVE DIMENSION OF THE GOSPEL"

11:30
- Coffee break

12:00
- Meditation (25 min.)

12:30
- Second talk "THE DESERT TRADITION UNITING EAST AND WEST"

13:30
- Multimedia presentation "WCCM in the World / The London Centre Meditatio House"
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14:00
- Lunch break

15:00
- Third talk "MEDITATION AND INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE"

16:00
- Meditation (25 min.)

16:30
- Coffee break

17:00
- Question and Answer Session with Fr Laurence

Entry is free



Centre "Traditions of the Earth"
healingland.org
st. 1 (small hall Library for Foreign Literature)

Round Table
"A VIEW ON TRADITIONAL CONTEMPLATION PRACTICES AND THE MENTAL HEALTH"

Fr. Laurence Freeman / Archimandrite Zoran Vujisic / Fr. Timothy Curtis / Tenzin Priyadarshi

09:00-13:00

Interreligious Dialogue session
"NIRVANA AND HEAVEN (AND THEIR OPPOSITES) IN BUDDHIST AND CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES"

Fr. Laurence Freeman / Tenzin Priyadarshi

14:00-18:00

Entry is free







Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB
Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

Benedictine monk of the Olivetan Congregation and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). Disciple of John Main OSB, the well-known Benedictine and populariser of contemplative spirituality and meditation.

Laurence Freeman has been developing the WCCM since the 1980s. He is the author of many publications on the topic of Christian meditation and contemplative prayer. Fr Laurence also actively participates in the dialogue with other religious traditions, including the historical Way of Peace in collaboration with the 14th Dalai Lama. Through the lectures, retreats and seminars he gives throughout the world, Fr Laurence has brought the practice of Christian meditation to the attention of a broad audience. He also actively supports numerous ecumenical communities that aim to restore the contemplative dimension to everyday spirituality.


The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

Tenzin Priyadarshi is the Founding Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born into a Hindu family, but at the age of ten he decided to join a Buddhist monastery in Rajgir (India). After he was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is his spiritual director, Tenzin Priyadarshi went on to study the Indo-Tibetan tradition of Buddhism in India and Nepal and the Japanese tradition in Japan.

Tenzin Priyadarshi is considered an influential teacher of the rime (non-sectarian) in Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder of the Prajnopaya Institute, which serves as a platform for the serious study of Buddhist philosophy in Europe and North America. He actively participates in the dialogue between Buddhist philosophers and scholars and Western science. Driven by a lively interest in interreligious dialogue, he has studied Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism, established close links with the Mission of Ramakrishna Ashram, was acquainted with Mother Theresa, has represented the Buddhist tradition at an official meeting with Pope John Paul II, engaged in dialogue with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope Benedict XVI and other religious leaders. Tenzin Priyadarshi venerates St Francis of Assisi and is a frequent visitor to Italy, where he engages in dialogue with the Christian monastic community.



The Rt. Rev. Dr. Andrew Vujisic, Dr. Zoran Vujisic

Zoran Vujisic is Rector of the Orthodox Institute of St Gregory Nazianzen in Mexico, Archimandrite of the Greek Orthodox Church (Diocese of Central America). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK), and a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education (US). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Sophia Institute (US).

Alongside his ecclesiastical and scholarly activities Dr. Zoran Vujisic also works on several projects, including " The Ecumenical Patriarchate as a Subject of International Law, The Impact of OrthodoxPsychotherapeutic Treatment on Depressive Symptomatology, Electroencephalograph Asymmetry, and Regional Serotonin Transporter Binding, Assessment of the Impact of Religious Psychotherapeutic Methodologies on Mental Health, Worldview, and Self-Actualization, The Orthodox Montenegrin Identity


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. Fr Timothy Curtis

Orthodox priest of the Patriarchy of Constantinople. Fr Timothy is coordinating a network of researchers into the hesychastic tradition and teaches at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Timothy Curtis is Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Work, School of Health, University of Northampton. His main area of work concerns programmes for social development; he is also actively involved in the drafting and implementation of social enterprise projects at the university. Fr Timothy is the author of numerous journal articles and popular publications on pedagogy and the development of contemporary social projects that involve spirituality.


Dr. Peter Dileo-Vulic

the V. Reverend Protopresbyter, Assistant to Dr.Zoran Vujicic; Pro-rector of St.Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute, specializes in neptic-psychotherapeutic treatment of people with substance (ab)use disorders)..


Prof.Chris Cook

Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK Specialist in treatment of addictions.





For those who would like to attend the Seminars and come from outside Moscow, here are a few recommendations on how to find affordable accommodation. The easiest and cheapest form of accommodation is in a hostel there are a huge number of hostels in Moscow, catering to every taste and budget. The following websites will help you find and book your accommodation - www.booking.com, www.komandirovka.ru, www.hostelsclub.com We can also warmly recommend the inexpensive (starting from 2,500 Roubles per day) mini-hotel next to Tsaritsyno Metro station (the owner is Liudmila Nikolaevna, Tel: +7 915 118 37 41).



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