About the Authors

PETER NG KOK SONG is a member of the WCCM Executive Committee and National Coordinator for WCCM Singapore. He is Chairman and Founding Partner of Singapore-based Avanda Investment Management. He was previously Chief Investment Officer of GIC until 2013 when he completed a 42-year career in the investment of Singapore’s foreign reserves. He has edited many works on meditation including the book and audio CD The Hunger for Depth and Meaning: Learning to Meditate with John Main.


LAURENCE FREEMAN osb is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey, England, a monastery of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

His spiritual teacher was John Main. He helped Fr John to establish the first Christian Meditation Centre in London in 1975. After John Main died in 1982, Laurence Freeman continued the work of teaching meditation that had now begun to develop a global community. In 1991, he established the International Centre of the newly formed World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) that is now present in more than a hundred countries.

The success of Laurence Freeman's publications and his organisation show that he has something to offer which is entirely distinctive. He believes that contemplation can and will transform the lives of busy working men and women in a turbulent world. Through his talks, retreats, seminars and his published works, Laurence Freeman goes out to meet busy people involved in industry, education, ecumenism and the caring professions, in the conviction that society can be transformed by the transformation of the hearts and minds of ordinary mortals, who do not have to be cloistered behind monastic walls. In 2010, he launched the Meditatio outreach programme of the World Community.

Laurence Freeman is the author of many books and has recorded many talks. His books include Light Within, The Selfless Self, A Short Span of Days, Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice, Jesus: The Teacher Within, First Sight: The Experience of Faith, Sensing God, and Beauty's Field: Seeing the World. He is also the editor of John Main’s works.


SEAN HAGAN is a member of the WCCM Executive Committee and General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund.


RAY DALIO is the founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates.