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Love as Doorway into, and Expression of, the Nature of Mind
Dates: Dec 10, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): John Makransky

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This weekend retreat 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, can 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 unconditional, healing powers of our buddha nature can help realign all parts of us with that nature. Then our innate awareness can increasingly manifest of itself, unleashing powers of love, discernment, and creative responsiveness. This retreat 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 discussion will clarify our collective practice.

Noble Silence

There will be opportunities for Wise Speech during question and reflection periods and small group discussions. Otherwise, Noble Silence will be observed from the first evening session until the final lunch.

Experience level

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.


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