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Everyone is profoundly the same in their deepest nature, so all matter equally.
~ 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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SANDRA TALANSKY
PSYCHOTHERAPIST
POLLENZA, ITALY

I am sitting here on a hillside outside of my village Pollenza, Italy reflecting on the  rich experiences that the Innate Love and Wisdom practices have provided to members of our sangha (Sangha Bodhicitta of Pollenza), groups of volunteers  working in social services and to a self help group of women survivors of breast cancer that I facilitate. There is little to add to the heartfelt testimonials that have been shared by other teachers of this practice.

However...there is another dynamic present in the field of caregivers that calls for reflection that I would like to share with you. This year I had decided to offer a series of workshops to doctors, nurses, social workers and aides in the departments of Oncology and Infectious Diseases at our regional hospital. Italy, being in the eye of a huge economic crisis, no monetary renumeration was requested. The time table and scheduling were completely flexible to respond to the staffs' needs.

After many attempts, I was finally given interviews with the Heads of the Departments, at which time I proceeded to describe the workshops based on the practices of Innate Love and Wisdom, with the objectives of increasing the well being of staff, preventing professional burnout and enhancing the patient/professional relationship, thereby supporting patients' health and the healing process.
Alchemy!! No?

NO GO! There's the door. Thank you, but we are not interested!  Their negative and adamant reactions were imbedded in the following phrases: 1). “We work all day with suffering, we don't need to feel more”. 2). “ We couldn't do our work if we let down our barriers and our self protection. Vulnerability is not acceptable”!

These expressions (of fear?) are common amongst caregiving professionals. I seriously believe it behooves us to discuss and address this issue, so as to find ways and skillful means to diminish the fear and and help people to be motivated to accept a change to  their seemingly safe traditional roles and approaches.