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Great powers of goodness are hidden in us, but our habits of thought obstruct and hide them from us.
~ Lama John Makransky

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

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Tamara Daly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Tamara Daly has been practicing Lama John Makransky’s Innate Love and Wisdom meditations since 2004, since stepping onto the Buddhist path that same year, having taken Refuge and Bodhisatva vows at the Kalachakra with his holiness the Dalai Lama. She initially took up a serious meditation practice in 1999, after being diagnosed with a stage 3 malignant melanoma. She is a mother to two young adult children, and has been working as a psychiatric nurse for 10 years. She has also been actively involved with social and environmental justice issues, through her local Community Development Corporation.

Tamara teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom meditation in Cambridge, MA and Jamaica Plain, MA.
 
Al D'Andrea ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Al is a stage director, actor and writer who came to Tibetan Buddhism in the 90's. His teachers have included Lama John Makransky, Brendan Kennedy, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Lama Willa Miller, Anam Thubten and Lama Surya Das. He is currently Artistic Director of Snowlion Reperatory Company in Portland, Maine, whose mission is to inspire and delight Maine audiences of all ages by creating, developing and producing theatrical works of cultural, ethical, and spiritual value in an atmossphere of acceptance, enthusiasm and mindfulness.

Al teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Portland, Maine.
 
Rebecca Spainhower Darley  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Becky has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since being introduced to it in 2002 by Jane Moss and Julie Forsythe; she has been under Lama John Makransky's guidance from the beginning. She has completed numerous meditation retreats including four cloistered 100-Day retreats at Dzogchen Osel Ling in Austin, Texas, under the guidance of Lama Surya Das, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller, Charles Genoud, and Brendan Kennedy. Her eclectic background includes the study and practice of tai chi, hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga, and (for fun!) knitting, quilting, and sewing. She currently works as a software engineer for Oracle Corp. and lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her wonderful husband Scott.
Becky teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Tallahassee, FL.
She teaches several meditation practice sessions each month.
Please contact Becky by email for details.
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Julie Forsythe  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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For the last ten years I have been studying and practicing with John Makransky as the practices of Natural Awareness and Love/Compassion have emerged. During this time I've participated in many weekend and week long retreats devoted to study and practice of NWC, but none of that is really as interesting as the profound effect that doing all of this has had on my daily life. I reap immeasurable personal rewards, but find that more profoundly the communities around me benefit deeply as well. What a surprise to see the love and compassion mirrored back in my classroom, in department meetings and just in the hall way!

Julie teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Putney, Vermont.
 
Jona Genova ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Jona has practiced meditations from Tibetan traditions with Lama John Makransky since 1996 and is the founder of Samadhi for Peace (www.samadhiforpeace.com). Jona started meditating in yoga classes with her parents before the age of ten and began a formal study of Buddhism and meditation with Lama John while attending Boston College. Jona has received teachings from several Tibetan lamas including Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Lama Willa Miller, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Her approach is personalized and compassionate, offering Innate Compassion and Wisdom classes and workshops throughout Southern California as well as a weekly live-streamed meditation class, Community Meditation.

Jona's weekly classes:
Mondays: Ra Yoga, Costa Mesa7:30-8:30pm
Tuesdays: Equinox, Newport Beach* 6:30-7:15pm
Wednesdays: Online - "Community Meditation"6-6:30pm PT
Join by going to my website: www.samadhiforpeace.com/community-meditation or by searching GoogleHangouts for "Community Meditation with Jona Genova".
Fridays: Equinox, Newport Beach* 10:30-11:15am
*These classes happen at a members only health club.
Jona teaches meditation in Newport Beach, CA
 
David Gilner  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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David Gilner is Director of Libraries for the four campus library system of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has been practicing Natural Wisdom and Compassion meditations under the guidance of Lama John Makransky since 2003.

David teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Aaron Goldstein  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Aaron Goldstein is a certified Feldenkrais Awareness Thru Movement teacher, a licensed massage therapist,  and a meditation teacher.  His focus includes bringing ease and care into the way we move, live, and interact with the world.

Aaron teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Sandy and Burt Haggett ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Sandy and Burt have been practicing meditation since 1991 and 2000 respectively. They have been students of Kagyu master Thrangu Rinpoche since 2002 and have received teachings from many lamas in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. They began facilitating meditation groups in 2005 and after encountering Lama John’s work in 2010 and have concentrated their efforts in sharing this work since then and are currently leading two mediation groups.
Sandy and Burt teach Innate Compassion and Wisdom meditation in Bar Harbor, Maine.
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Betty Holmes  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Betty Holmes has studied and trained for the past fourteen years with Lama Surya Das and Lama John Makransky as well as H.H. Drukchen Rinpoche and Lama Willa Miller in practices of Wisdom and Compassion from the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. She is also a longtime student of Tenshin Reb Anderson of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received her master's degree in counseling from St. Edward's University and is trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy, Hakomi Loving Presence and Gottman Method Couple's Therapy.

Betty teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Austin, Texas.
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