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From the Teachers

The best teaching of all is the one that sheds light on our hidden defects.
~ Lama John Makransky

Our Mission

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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Interfaith Learning

Meditations of Natural Wisdom and Compassion

The Foundation for Active Compassion (FAC) is actively engaged in interfaith learning as a core component of our mission. We regard interfaith learning as an imperative for spiritual development and for peace and justice in the diverse, pluralistic context of the current world.

In most of our workshops and retreats, participants come from a variety of faiths and backgrounds. The meditations of compassion and wisdom that we teach are adapted from Tibetan Buddhism to be fully accessible to all such participants. Often participants find such meditations point them back to elements of their own spiritual formation with new eyes, lighting up elements of their Christian, Jewish, Islamic, or other faiths in surprisingly fresh ways. This in turn shines the light of fresh understanding back upon the Buddhist teachings and practices from which the FAC meditations have been drawn.

All of our workshops offered in non-Buddhist settings are targeted to interfaith learning. Please feel free to explore the Calendar page of our website for more information about such events. All of our programming, even that which is not explicitly on the topic of interfaith learning, is infused with our value of deep and ongoing interfaith collaboration.

FAC teachers and community members are actively involved in learning with and from a variety of other traditions and these exchanges inform our own practices, teachings, and direction as a community. A few examples of interfaith collaborations can be found in the Compassion in Action section of our web site and much more can be found in person at our various events.

If you have interest in or questions about this particular facet of our work, please contact Leah Weiss Ekstrom whose email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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