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When you sense the place of freedom in yourself, by resting in natural awareness, you can sense that place of freedom in others and uphold it in them.
~ Lama John Makransky

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To empower people with profound contemplative practices that support their aspirations to become better people and to make a better world.

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FAC in Community

Here are some of the members of the Foundation for Active Compassion (FAC) Community describing how these practices are helping them in their daily life, in their work, and in their contributions to well being of others.


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DAVID GILNER
LIBRARY DIRECTOR
CINCINNATI, OH

I am Director of Libraries at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the rabbinic seminary for Reform Judaism.  A long time meditator, I have been practicing Innate Compassion and Wisdom meditations under the guidance of Lama John, opening my heart to the love abiding both in the world around us and inside each individual, practices which continually transforms my life. After my first meditation practicing Lovingkindness and Wisdom, I knew immediately that my previous thirty-five years of meditation was foundation-practice for this simple but profound technique; that this was the teaching I had long been searching for.

For the past eleven years, I have served as the High Holidays rabbi at Congregation Tikkun Olam in Woodstock, Illinois. “Tikkun olam” is a Jewish teaching that encompasses service to society by helping those in need and service to the Divine by liberating the truth within. In Classical Reform Judaism, the Messianic Age is an age brought about by human intention and activity; in this context, tikkun olam is an activity by humanity for humanity. What truth or reality one might discover by looking inside the self is acknowledged in a host of differing Jewish philosophies and practices. 

To this end, I have taken the teachings of the Nyngma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as taught by Lama John Makransky and integrated them into a practice which seeks to fulfill the fundamental commandment to love one’s neighbor as one self. This is accomplished through techniques that facilitate the non-dual state of mind; taking action in lovingkindness and compassion, thus experiencing the inseparability of self and others. I have begun to integrate these techniques into a Jewish context grounded in traditional texts, teachings, liturgy and ritual, and to teach them within Jewish settings. 

I teach Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cincinnati, Ohio, within both religious and secular contexts.