Our mission is to support and facilitate the practice of meditation by convening religious leaders in interfaith teams to teach meditation in faith organizations, universities, and other institutions in order to foster researched-based outcomes of heightened well-being, empathy, partnerships, and cognitive flexibility , which will lead to healthier citizens, social relations, communities, institutions, and governance.
We believe that the need is ever more imperative for cooperation across religious and ethnic lines and that effective responses to systemic, global issues of conflict and wellness depend upon deep mutual understanding and insight.
Supporting and facilitating the practice of meditation across religious and cultural lines will help us manifest a world in which:
- Communities experience healthier political, economic, and faith/cultural relationships born of deeper awareness, empathy, and wisdom;
- Political, economic, and social institutions advance their missions with heightened mindfulness and insight;
- People of different faiths and cultures experience strengthened spiritual connection with one another, decreasing unfavorable views and conflict and advancing mutual understanding and trust; and
- Individuals experience enhanced well-being, relationships, compassion, and cognition.
- Spirituality is universal and connected with our shared humanity.
- Meditation is found within each major faith tradition.
- Meditation diminishes mind-wandering, allowing what matters most deeply to each of us to be more conscious during additional moments in our daily lives.
- Scientific studies on meditation are valuable and necessary in public discourse on the benefits of meditation.
- Empathy supports people in relating to others in a way that promotes cooperation and unity rather than conflict.
- Healthier relationships and enhanced emotional and social well-being lead to healthier communities.
- Increased cognition, attention, memory, and analytical accuracy may be a catalyst for cognitive insight.
- To try on a meditation of another faith, a person does not need to adopt any specific belief system.
- While sampling two distinct meditations from two faiths during a single program, one may see differences in the meditations’ substance and their similarity in spirit.
- When one has a deeply meaningful meditation experience grounded in one’s own faith tradition, one then has a point of reference with which to relate to another’s meaningful experience and to appreciate the value of other religious paths to the Divine.
Interfaith Meditation yields effective outcomes when:
- People sample two or more authentic meditations from two or more traditions during a single program co-led by experienced meditation practitioners;
- Each meditation, while intending to be accessible to people of diverse faiths, is led from the rich depth of one’s tradition, without watering-down, because the rich depth of spirit is compelling, inspiring, and transforming;
- There is sufficient time during each program for people to explore for themselves each meditation in a relaxed atmosphere of shared silence;
- Differences of creed and observance are allowed to be as they are;
- People are rooted in their own religious path while they sample a meditation of another tradition;
- Regular meditation practice, within one’s own faith tradition, is encouraged and supported; and
- There is a shared recognition that adopting any beliefs as part of a meditation is unnecessary.