From the Teachers

Experiencing the fear of dying is the privilege of knowing what others feel.
~ Lama John Makransky

Our Mission

To empower people with profound contemplative practices that support their aspirations to become better people and to make a better world.


FAC in Community

Here are some of the members of the Foundation for Active Compassion (FAC) Community describing how these practices are helping them in their daily life, in their work, and in their contributions to well being of others.



I have seen how the practice of innate love and wisdom helps to uncover an amazing transformative power for healing and how it empowers people to move into and beyond the limits of fear and self-doubt in their lives. In my work as a clinical social worker, I see how this practice can open people up to an experience of love and acceptance when before they had felt they were so alone and misunderstood in the world. The recognition, through the practice, that they are loved just as they are can have profound implications for the way they view themselves and their ability to be an expression of that love and compassion to others.

We had the pleasure and privilege of having Lama John offer two retreats for students and social activists here at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in the past few years. We practice together twice a month in a small chapel here at the seminary. Seminary students from all over the country as well as those from Europe, Latin America and Asia have joined our meditations and have been deeply touched and empowered by this practice of deep connection with our benefactors. As one man wrote recently, which expresses the power of this practice to be transported across many boundaries of geography and culture, “I always feel as one of your sons right there in Yangon because my heart feels your love and care as if I were staying together with and standing right before you.”

Gathering for this meditation practice at a Christian seminary provides us with a unique interfaith experience of shared reflection on our practice. We have heard how this practice has brought people into a very personal relationship with Mary or Jesus in a way that had never been experienced before. Others have expressed how grateful they are for learning a way to be in connection with those they have considered “enemies” -- those they have opposed in their social or environmental activism. A recognition that for lasting life-giving change, we need everyone to make a difference!