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Held within the safety and security of undividedness it is easier to appreciate our differences.
~ Lama John Makransky

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John Makransky: Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and Wisdom
Fri, June 08, 2018 - Sun, June 10, 2018 
Namgyal Monastery - Ithica
Dharma Teaching , Social Service , Social Justice


makransky_jWeekend Retreat at Namgyal Monastery

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

Guiding Teacher: Lama John Makransky, Ph.D.

In this retreat, we will explore practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism to connect directly to innate capacities of love, compassion and wisdom in the deep nature of our minds. We’ll draw on those capacities to cut through our reductive labels of self and others by sensing them all in their deep dignity and potential, in their Buddha nature. On that basis, we will cultivate compassion and wisdom as a force to heal, transform and liberate causes of suffering, in ways designed to avoid empathic distress and burnout.

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 can be replenishing and sustaining. Guided meditations, explanation of key concepts, and discussion with participants to clarify and empower practice.

John Makransky is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, Past President of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and the Courage of Care Coalition. In 2000, John was installed as a meditation teacher of innate love, compassion and wisdom within the Nyingma, Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. John is the developer ofSustainable Compassion Training (SCT), which is being applied to empower sustainable, inclusive care and compassion beyond burnout, for people in caring roles and professions.

Information on his work can be found at these websites:

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