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Opening to the Primordial Goodness of Our Being

Online Program
Dates: Sep 20, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024

Instructor(s): John Makransky and Paul Condon

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Program Description:

This program is for those who have previously practiced with John Makransky or Paul Condon and are thus familiar with the sustainable compassion trainings they teach (SCT). We discover new facets of each SCT meditation in light of the others, every time we circle back to a meditation we’ve previously learned after having done the others. In this way, each of the three modes of SCT empowers the other modes. To be seen in our deep worth and held in unconditional acceptance and love, in receptive mode, empowers us to see others in their deep worth and to hold them in love, in inclusive mode. Both those modes of meditation, in their releasing phase, help us settle into the source of that love: the infinite openness, warmth, and wisdom in the depth of our awareness, which is the deepening mode. From there, the energies of love and compassion can unfold more freely into the other two modes, and empower further practices of compassion. In this program, we will explore how this synergy of inter-related practices helps us open increasingly to the primordial goodness of our being, our buddha nature.  We also explore how perspectives from modern psychology may inform and empower this process of awakening. Guided meditations, explanation of key principles, and discussion will clarify and empower our collective practice. 


Participants need to have practiced with either John or Paul before, within a prior retreat, course, or meditation group.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Friday, September 20

7:00 - 9:00 pm ET

Saturday, September 21

10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

2:30 - 5:30 pm ET

Sunday, September 22

10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

2:00 - 3:30 pm  ET

Please note that sessions will be recorded and made available to participants within 48 hours of each session. Recordings remain available for two weeks from the program end date.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for all online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date incur a $25 cancellation fee. Application-based and online Path programs incur a $100 cancellation fee.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • John Makransky, PhD, is a professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and developer of the Sustainable Compassion Training model for accessing innate capacities of compassion and awareness. John's scholarly writings have focused on connections between practices of devotion, compassion and non-dual wisdom in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, on adapting Buddhist practices to meet contemporary minds, and on theoretical issues in interfaith learning. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama, a meditation teacher of innate compassion and wisdom, 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 unconditional love and wisdom. For the past twenty-five years, John has taught meditations of innate compassion and wisdom, adapted from Tibetan Buddhism, for modern Buddhists, those in other spiritual traditions, and for people in caring roles and professions.

  • Paul Condon is an associate professor of psychology at Southern Oregon University. His writing and teaching explore the use of diverse scientific theories in dialogue with contemplative traditions to inform contemplative training in compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom. He teaches meditations adapted from the Tibetan Nyingma and Kagyu traditions for multi-faith and secular application. His academic research also examines the relational basis for empathy, compassion, well-being, and prosocial action, and the influence of compassion and mindfulness training on those capacities.