To be a healing and compassionate presence to others, we need to heal deep within. For that, we need to connect to a more open, unconditional part of our being, a basic kindness and compassion available in the background of our experience, in our basic awareness. In this retreat, meditation practices from Tibet are adapted for fresh access to Westerners, with special focus on innate capacities of loving compassion and wisdom. To receive love deeply and extend it impartially can help the mind release into its most natural state—the wisdom of openness, simplicity and presence beyond self-clinging. By resting in its natural state, the mind can deeply relax, heal, and further unleash its innate capacity of loving compassion. When this unity of love and wisdom is embodied in relationships, service and action, it can become a deeply healing power for our world. The ancient path of awakening from the Buddha is rediscovered by paying new attention to the particulars of our lives.
Participants should read the book Awakening Through Love by John Makransky prior to the course.