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Awakening Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion
Dates: Feb 13, 2020 - Feb 16, 2020
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): John Makransky

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This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. By participating in an empowering field of loving, spiritual connection, we can become increasingly receptive to the unconditioned openness, wisdom and compassionate energy of our buddha nature. Yet parts of us, often unconsciously, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on ways that the healing powers of our buddha nature can help realign all parts of ourselves with that nature. Then our innate awareness can increasingly manifest of itself, unleashing powers of discernment and creative responsiveness for action, while empowering all other practices of awakening. This course is both for practitioners who identify as Buddhists and for people of all faiths and backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate unconditional powers of love, compassion, and discernment for action. Guided meditations, explanation of key principles, and group discussion will clarify and empower our collective practice.

Learning Intentions:

To enter into a process of awakening that draws from the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism; to find access to the loving and compassionate qualities of our buddha nature (our primordial awareness); draw on those loving qualities to help us reunify with the openness, clarity and energy of our buddha nature; rediscover our relation to others and to the natural world in light of those loving qualities; embrace protective parts of ourselves and our emotions with the same qualities, so they may heal and be incorporated into this process of awakening rather than impeding it.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • John Makransky PhD, is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama within the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. As a meditation teacher, John is known for guiding participants in their discovery of underlying powers of love and wisdom. John developed the Innate Compassion Training model (ICT), which is being applied to help empower inclusive, sustainable compassion for people in caring roles and professions.