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The claim that love pervades this world may not sound real to you but not because it isn't true.
~ 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.


Joel Baehr ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Joel Baehr is a pastoral psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher in private practice in Cambridge, MA. A Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Joel has been an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister for over 45 years. He has been a retreat leader, a consultant to many businesses and non-profit groups, and has coached many executives.
Joel has been a student of Tibetan Buddhist Lamas for 18 years. Prior to that he studied and practiced with spiritual teachers in many other traditions, including Quaker, Sufi, Advaita Vadanta, Roman Catholic, and others.
At the request of Lama Surya Das, in 2000, Joel wrote and taught for many years an online course, "Buddhism and Everyday Life" (currently found at https://buddhismineverydaylife.wordpress.com/). Joel is also the author of an article, "Buddhist Practice-based Psychotherapy," published by the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. Joel has served on a numerous non-profit boards of directors.
He currently teaches Innate Wisdom and Compassion meditation groups in Cambridge, MA, Jamaica Plain, MA, Online with GooglePlus, and in Massachusetts prisons..