WHAT WE DO

Mission Statement

To empower people with profound contemplative practices that support their aspirations to become better people and to make a better world.

To do this by providing powerfully transformative practices of innate compassion and wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism, adapted into forms that are accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths.

To thereby help people find an unconditional power of care from within that is deeply healing and sustaining, and that helps them become more fully present to themselves and to others within their relationships, service and social action.

To enliven and inform the spiritual lives of people of diverse traditions by teaching these practices in contexts of deep inter-religious exchange and interdisciplinary learning.

To maintain an enriching connection with the depth of wisdom and experience held by teachers and institutions of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Guiding Teachers

Lama John Makransky

Chief Founding & Guiding Teacher

Julie Forsythe

Founding & Guiding Teacher

Bob Morrison

Guiding Teacher
INNATE WISDOM & COMPASSION

Meditation Groups

MA

Northampton Sangha

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Wednesdays (weekly)

7 - 8:30 p.m.

MA

Cambridge

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Saturdays

10 - 11 am ET

CA

Encinitas

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1st Sunday of the month

6 - 7 pm PT

OH

Cincinnati

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Tuesdays

12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

CA

Huntington Beach

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Tuesdays

6:45 - 7:45 pm PT

AZ

Tucson

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Will begin meeting in early 2019; details to be announced

To be announced

From the Teachers

Our innate capacity for all-inclusive care

The path to enlightenment uncovers our hidden relationship to all others, revealing our “innate bodhicitta,” our innate capacity for all-inclusive care. We are dependent on innumerable beings for all that we are and all that we will become through spiritual practice. All others are like ourselves in their causes of suffering, their wish to be happy, and their potential for enlightenment. Ultimately, all are undivided from us in the nature of mind. As the path reveals our profound relation to all others, it also reveals our connection to spiritual teachers who preceded us in awakening and have held the way open for us. Because such vast relatedness is given in the very ground of our being, our most basic need is to realize and embody it in love and compassion.

Below the radar of self-centered understanding

Through the meditation, potent energies of knowing and loving that had been hidden in our minds are unleashed. Indeed, it begins to dawn on us that, as we extend love, we are not just wishing for others to have well-being and joy, we are actually communing with the primordial well-being that already abides in the nature of their minds. Our buddha nature is communicating with theirs, below the radar of self-centered understanding.

Recognition of the true self

When someone abides in a purer vision, their presence signals to us that our reductive labels are false, that all those around us are holy, precious beings, every single one. For anyone to abide in such vision is to make a tremendous offering to this world, for it holds the door open for many others to also come to recognition of their true selves.

Ego-centeredness is challenged by compassion

Wise compassion reverences the inner worth of every single person. But it also sees into the layers of their suffering, including the suffering they create for themselves and others through ego-centered thought and action. Wise compassion confirms the intrinsic dignity of persons even when it confronts the harmful ways that they think and act. Such compassion challenges people in the ego-centeredness while upholding their fundamental goodness.

Compassion opens the mind to qualities of awakening

Compassion that knows beings in all levels of their suffering motivates service for them on all levels of their need. Such service is not easily discouraged at disappointing temporal outcomes, because it holds others in their deepest potential of freedom, which is always present. In the course of such service, compassion also opens oneʼs mind to further qualities of awakening that benefit others by inspiration and example: joy in the meaningfulness of human life, reverence for each person, patience with self and others, gratitude, enthusiastic perseverance, and stability of mind in loving compassion.

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