Vision and purpose

At the heart of Christianity, there is a tradition of contemplative practice that can change a person and change the world.

The purpose of The School of Contemplative Life is to teach meditation as a way of liberation, wholeness and peace – so we can see clearly and act with compassion.

to see clearly
to act with compassion
What is contemplative practice?

Contemplative practice, also known as meditation, refers to the spiritual art of turning to the sacred within, through the disciplines of stillness and awareness. Through these simple practices we may be liberated from the resistances and self-orientated habits that veil the sacred.

Ultimately, contemplative practice is not about mastering techniques, it’s about relationship. It’s the quiet, steady work of simply being here, fully present to the gift of our life. Which means it’s also the quiet, steady work of being present with and for those around us. Because all that we have, all that we are, is born in and from relationship.

What is contemplative practice?

Contemplative practice, also known as meditation, refers to the spiritual art of turning to the sacred within, through the disciplines of stillness and awareness. Through these simple practices we may be liberated from the resistances and self-orientated habits that veil the sacred.

Ultimately, contemplative practice is not about mastering techniques, it’s about relationship. It’s the quiet, steady work of simply being here, fully present to the gift of our life. Which means it’s also the quiet, steady work of being present with and for those around us. Because all that we have, all that we are, is born in and from relationship.

The School of Contemplative Life aims to:
  1. Teach meditation as a simple and universal practice for people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs which opens us to the gift of contemplation

  2. Contribute to the restoration of contemplative practice at the heart of Christian living as an experiential way of prayer and response to the call of Christ, which purifies our motives and reveals the true nature of our being – from and in God

  3. Promote the inseparable relationship between interior transformation and social transformation

  4. Nurture the common ground in contemplative practice across faith traditions

  5. Be a source of peace and an antidote to the fundamentalism which gives rise to so much conflict and violence in the world and explore the various paths to our common home, where “there is no longer Jew nor Greek, no longer slave nor free, there is no longer male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:27–28).
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