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The Healing Power of Innate Love and Wisdom

Residential Program
Dates: Sep 16, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
Days: Friday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 2 nights

Instructor(s): John Makransky

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Course Description:

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.

    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 twelve 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.