From the Teachers

Our current cognitive patterns have hidden our true nature of innate love and compassion.
~ 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.



John Makransky first started introducing the practices of Innate Wisdom and Love/Compassion in the late nineties.  I was lucky enough to be present then and these are still my core practices today.  I was and am deeply struck by how profound they are, trusting them to safely reveal layer upon layer of holding patterns while opening to our truest being.  They are simple yet totally profound and they are suitable for anyone who has the slightest urge to know who they really are and to feel genuinely connected in this life.

I am a Feldenkrais Practitioner in private practice in Portland, Maine.  I help people out of physical pain and help them find the deep relaxation that release of somatic holding patterns can bring.  In other words, I teach presence in the body.  There’s no client that comes now with whom I don’t also use some portion of our practices, understanding the intimacy between physical and mental contractions.  Both are gateways to the release into Essence Love/Buddha Nature/Natural Being that we’re all born with and never can lose.

For the past twelve years, I have co-led a practice group here in Portland every Thursday night.  People who have been coming for awhile report in some of the following ways:  “I’m much more open to other people’s difficulties and I don’t feel so alone.”  “I feel like I’ve been given the space to think differently, not in the conditioned way.”  Love is overpowering my natural instinct to be negative.”  “I definitely see how we produce our own suffering.”  “It’s as if I’m trying to remember something deeper and letting that be all there is.”

This year I was a mentor to students in the Margha Program, a two-year course of study and practice offered by Lama Willa Miller and the Natural Dharma Fellowship.  We worked intensively with Natural Wisdom and Love/Compassion as well as the Practice of Natural Empathy and the Lojong teachings.  Some responses were:  “I feel that I learned to take a sacred pause and because of this can be much more effective with my children and in my life.”  I can recognize unhelpful thought patterns more quickly, and I feel that I’ve reconciled with the past.”  “This thinking has become natural to me now.”  I am also a teacher of meditation and of movement practices with NDF.

This coming year of 2019 several of us in FAC have volunteered to correspond with maximum security prison inmates in the Ethics Correspondence Course through Terry Conrad’s Project Clear Light.   The program will be based on the new book Beyond Religion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.