This sampling of local and national meditation resources is intended only as that, a sample; there are many further, wholesome meditation resources – especially within specific branches and lineages of each faith tradition.
The exclusion of any resource, or any author, from this sample does not reflect any intended “negative” whatsoever, and the inclusion of any resource or author does not reflect any endorsement by the Interfaith Meditation Initiative.
Our focus here is on those persons and organizations newly exploring meditation, and our intention is not to detail a comprehensive, and unnecessarily overwhelming, list. Our hope is that these initial resources may serve as a starting point in one’s exploration, or as a renewing of one’s meditative journey. (For IMI’s basic guide to meditating & scroll to the middle of the page.)
The websites of many of the organizations below contain links to further resources within a specific faith tradition or within a branch/lineage of that faith tradition. Above all, each person is encouraged to follow her own intuitive “knowing” when deciding where, and with whom, to meditate.
Washington National Cathedral: Centering Prayer Time: Most Tuesdays, 6-7:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 8-8:30 a.m. Cost: By voluntary donation Website: www.NationalCathedral.org World Community for Christian Meditation (various locations in metro D.C. region) Time: Multiple times Cost: By voluntary donation Website: www.WCCM-usa.org Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington, VA: Contemplative Prayer Time: Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Cost: By voluntary donation Website: www.olqpVa.org and www.wccm.org
Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington Time and Location: Tuesdays at 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, D.C. Cost: By voluntary donation Website: www.AdasIsrael.org Fabrangen (an independent, egalitarian havurah) Time and Location: Saturdays, 9-9:30 a.m. at Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Cost: Free Website: www.Fabrangen.org The Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism Location: Periodic meditation retreats at Am Kolel Sanctuary, Beallsville, MD (1 hr. north of D.C.) Cost: See registration page on website Website: www.AwakenedHeartProject.org; www.SanctuaryRetreatCenter.org
Insight Meditation Community of Washington Time and Location: Throughout the week and weekends in DC, MD, and VA; Tara Brach on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, MD. Cost: By voluntary donation Website: www.IMCW.org Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax Time and location: Please see website. Cost: By voluntary donation. Website: www.mpcf.org Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C. Time: Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., and many other meditation programs Location: 3520 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Telephone: 202-787-1526 Cost: Some by voluntary donation; some with fees Website: www.dcShambhala.org Kunzang Palyul Choling Time: Sundays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Other meditation programs offered. (See website.) Location: 18400 River Road, Poolesville, MD Cost: By voluntary donation Website: www.tara.org
Naqshbandi Sufi Order Time: Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. Location: International Cultural Center, 19650 Club House Road #205, Montgomery Village, MD Telephone: 240-396-5350 Cost: Free Website: www.naqshbandi.org Please contact one of the many local mosques, such as the: Islamic Society of the Washington Area; Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.; All Dulles Area Muslim Society; Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center; Islamic Center of Maryland; Muslim Community Center; or or Masjid Muhammad.
Please contact one of the many local Hindu temples, such as the: Hindu Temple of Metropolitan Washington; Vedanta Center of Greater Washington; Sri Siva Vishnu Temple; or Durga Temple.
Please contact the Washington, D.C. Baha'i Center.
Please contact the Guru Gobind Sikh Foundation or the Sikh Foundation of Virginia.
Please contact the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington.
Please contact the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Father John Main Father Richard Rohr Father Thomas Keating Father Laurence Freeman Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault
Rabbi Jeff Roth Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Rabbi David Cooper Rabbi Sheila Weinberg Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Ahmad Javid Kabir Helminski Pir Vilayat Khan Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee Nurjan As-Sayyid Mirahmadi
Jack Kornfield Pema Chodron Thich Nhat Hanh Ajahn Brahmavamso His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Gangaji David Godman J. Krishnamurti Swami Sivananda Adyashanti (also viewed as a Buddhist author)
Contemplative Outreach www.contemplativeoutreach.org World Community for Christian Meditation www.WCCM-usa.org
Institute for Jewish Spirituality www.JewishSpirituality.org Or Halev Center for Jewish Spirituality & Meditation www.Orhalev.org
Islamic Society of North America www.isna.net Naqshbandi Sufi Order www.naqshbandi.org
Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA www.dharma.org BuddhaNet www.buddhanet.net
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health www.Kripalu.org Transcendental Meditation www.TM.org
Please contact the Baha'is of the U.S. www.Bahai.us
The Interfaith Meditation Initiative enthusiastically encourages intra-faith meditation, practicing meditation within one’s faith tradition. If, as individuals and as a society, we wish to manifest evidence-based outcomes of meditation, and to enhance inter-religious, cross-cultural relationships for deepening trust and cooperation in an inter-connected global community, then we need to encourage wholesome practices of meditation within each tradition.
“When the roots go deep, the roots spread out.”
Brother Stefan Waligur, recalling a talk by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
“Paradoxically, it is only when one has a deep experience rooted in one’ s own faith tradition that one is able to appreciate the value of other religions. For without some experience grounded in one’s own faith, one simply does not have a point of reference with which to relate to another’s deep religious realization.”
-His Holiness The Dalai Lama