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

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Ashland

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Wednesdays

5:30-6:30 pm PT

MA

Northampton

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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

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Huntington Beach

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Tuesdays

6:45 - 7:45 pm PT

From the Teachers

Compassion as a liberating force

Compassion wishes beings to be free from their suffering. If we donʼt really believe that they can be free-that deep freedom, security, well-being, and joy is a real human possibility-our compassion tends to lapse into despair. Then it is not a liberating force for anyone. Compassion becomes a liberating force when we know the freedom that it wishes for beings to be real.

The reductive thinking of self-centered mind

As love and wisdom inform each other through the distinct sections of our meditation, the pure perception they bring out is not just a love for beings in their intrinsic worthiness. It is also a penetrating wisdom that senses the perfection of every aspect of experience in its soft, radiant, and insubstantial nature, beyond the reductive thinking of self-centered mind.

The opening of the mind

The path of enlightenment releases the mind from its constricted self-grasping to the infinite openness of its basic nature, which is pervaded by awareness and compassion like the open sky is pervaded by the rays of the sun. The path to enlightenment involves a fundamental reorientation, from identifying ourselves with the narrow, self-centered, and shifting thoughts of the moment to the all-inclusive, abiding nature of enlightened wisdom and love. This path is the opening of the mind to the vast expanse that includes all phenomena without discrimination and to the vast love that includes all beings without discrimination.

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.

Tremendous capacity of wisdom and love

We practice to become receptive to the tremendous capacity of wisdom and love that is hidden in our being, to let the practice bring these qualities out with such force that they start to release us from the ego-centered causes of suffering in our minds, freeing us finally to become what we had most deeply intended-a real benefactor for this world.

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