From the Teachers

Instead of sensing the beauty, mystery, and holiness of each being, our minds reduce all of them in thought to narrow objects of self-concern.
~ Lama John Makransky

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To empower people with profound, accessible spiritual practices that support their individual and collective work to become better people and to make a better world. ...more

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JANE VECCHIO
COLLEGE TEACHER
NORTHAMPTON, MA

After two decades of community college teaching I was burned out, dried up, and nearly done in. I’d gone from loving my students to avoiding them, and I was in mourning for those lost connections and for my missing joy. Then I serendipitously found these mediation practices, and, slowly but profoundly, I rediscovered my connection to my work, and my students became newly precious to me.

Recently I received this email from a student, excerpted here: “Your class was one of three that I took that semester, but it was the first class in which I felt like I could make it. School, especially college, has never been easy for me…. That semester that I took your class was one of my lowest points in life, but having you as a professor was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I didn't just learn psychology that semester, I learned that I was good enough to succeed, I just learn differently. It motivated me to try my hardest in everything I do. I know that I'll never be perfect, but I also know that even the hardest obstacles in life can be overcome. Thank you very much for being my professor, and inspiring me to be the best I can.”

These practices of innate love, compassion, and wisdom enabled me to re-engage in the classroom and commune with my students with genuine heart, and I am grateful beyond measure.