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John Makransky: Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and Wisdom
Fri, December 08, 2017 - Sun, December 10, 2017  4:00pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge - Springfield
Social Service , Social Justice


makransky_jWeekend Retreat at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, & Wisdom

Guiding Teacher: John Makransky 

In this retreat, we will connect directly to the power of love and wisdom, which penetrate limiting images of self and others by sensing them all in their deep dignity and lovability. On that basis, we will cultivate sustainable, responsive, and active compassion, which can heal, transform and liberate causes of suffering without devolving into empathic distress or burnout. Equanimity, sympathetic joy, devotion to the deep dignity and potential of beings, and other qualities of awakening will all be freshly accessed. This retreat is both for Buddhists who wish to deepen their experience of these innate qualities of awakening, and for people of all faiths and backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate powerful love and compassion for action that is replenishing and sustaining. Guided meditations, explanation of key concepts, and discussion with participants to clarify and support practice.

John Makransky is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, and current President of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama, a meditation teacher of innate love, compassion and wisdom, within the Nyingma, Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

John is the developer of the Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) model, author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love, and co-founder of Courage of Care Coalition and Foundation for Active Compassion, organizations that provide contemplative trainings in sustainable care and compassion for people in caring professions and social and environmental activism. John's writings have focused on concepts and practices of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, ways of adapting Buddhist practices to address contemporary problems and needs, and theoretical issues in interfaith learning. Information on his work can be found at these websites:;; and

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