From the Teachers

We want to be pulled beyond ourselves, to be who we are really meant to be.
~ 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.

Sandy and Burt Haggett


From Sandy: My husband Burt and I facilitate two weekly meditation groups based on Lama John’s teachings. These groups have been a great joy to me --- seeing how the practices have brought a deeper understanding and appreciation, changing the way participants experience their lives. One woman said that, after a lifetime of feeling inadequate and inferior, the benefactor practices “let the healing light of love into my life and my soul.” For me, as a veterinarian and later a hospice volunteer with a long-standing Buddhist meditation practice, I can see that my compassion was always coming from a sense of “me, the compassionate one; them, the unfortunate ones.” Now, as the protective layers are becoming thinner and more transparent, I’m beginning to stop holding back.

From Burt: The most profound result of practicing the meditations that Lama John shares and receiving teachings from him has been how this has informed all my Dharma practice. All practices become more effective when infused with the approach he offers. As I heard Lama John say, “Why would I shoot for anything less?” Recently, I’ve begun to work with prisoners on their way to reentry. Sandy and I also lead two groups studying/practicing Nonviolent Communication and are finding that the practices of Innate Love and Wisdom are fundamental to our supporting these groups.