KARUNA Centering Meditation Outreach Project
Be compassionate just as your Heavenly Father is compassionate. Luke 6:36)
OUR MISSION: Our ministry is to teach a simple 20 minute period of meditation and breathing, based on centering prayer meditation*, to people in parishes, schools, hospitals, recovery programmes, and prisons.
The Karuna Centering Prayer Meditation Project is an ecumenical ministry of the Centering Prayer Meditation Network (Victoria).
*Centering Prayer Meditation is a non-denominational practice of silent focus and inner connection. It has been in practice since the 1st or 2nd Century AD by the Desert monks. It was brought to light in the English speaking world in 1375 by an anonymous monk in a book called "The Cloud of Unknowing" (also referred to as ‘the Prayer of the Heart’). It is also one of the forms of meditation described by St John of the Cross as ‘the practice of loving attentiveness’ in his book "The Dark Night of the Soul". This prayer has been promoted in our time by three Trappists monks from the United States: Frs. William Meninger, Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating. It is some-times known as ‘Oneness Meditation’, as promoted by Jewish and Christian groups.
‘KARUNA’ is a Sanskrit word (meaning ‘Loving Compassion) and is common to people of many faiths, including Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.