From the Teachers

The conceptual level of the practice helps the meditator relax into the non-conceptual experience.
~ 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.


Dawn-Starr Crowther ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Dawn-Starr Crowther is the owner of an integrative medicine clinic in Portland, Oregon, where she practices as a Licensed Acupuncturist, working with people living with chronic pain, severe illnesses, survivors of trauma, and at end of life. She also, from time to time, finds herself joyfully blessed to assist her patients with birthing their babies. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1996, when she attended her first retreat with Lama Surya Das. Since that time she has attended, and staffed, many silent retreats with both Lama Surya and Lama John, and has also studied with Charles Genoud, Brendan Kennedy, and Lama Palden Drolma. She has lead meditation groups in Portland since 1997.

Since 2001, at a retreat shortly after 9/11--when Lama John stressed the necessity of bringing compassion practices forward in the world--the heart-practices of compassion and lovingkindness have been her main practice and refuge. She recently completed a year-long training with Stanford University, and is now certified to teach their Compassion Cultivation Training course. She is passionate about creating beauty in the world through art, gardening, and cooking, and loves spending time on long walks with her husband, Dave, and Labrador, Katie-Bird. She also leads medical service trips to Fiji and the South Pacific to bring acupuncture to under-served populations.

These compassion practices are radically life changing--they foster a quiet revolution of the heart--which Dawn-Starr is dedicated to manifesting in business and health care. She teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Portland, Oregon.