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.

A Sampling of Meditation Resources in Metropolitan Washington


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; 


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.	
A Sample of Prominent Authors of Meditation


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


David Godman
J. Krishnamurti
Swami Sivananda
Adyashanti (also viewed as a Buddhist author)
A Sample of National Meditation Resources


Contemplative Outreach

World Community for Christian Meditation


Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Or Halev Center for Jewish Spirituality & Meditation


Islamic Society of North America

Naqshbandi Sufi Order


Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA



Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Transcendental Meditation 

Baha’ i

Please contact the Baha'is of the U.S. 

A Note on Intra-Faith Meditation

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




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"I've co-led two interfaith meditation events, each time with Jewish and Muslim faith leaders...I connected with the devotion of my colleagues, and the language of their meditations became a portal for me to a place beyond words.” Reverend Randy Lord-Wilkinson, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Maryland; IMI meditation co-leader