From the Teachers

The shadow of the fear of dying is with us whenever we are not resting in the natural state.
~ 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.


Eric Zeeb


The practice of Natural Wisdom and Compassion, as transmitted by Lama John, has unequivocally transformed my life. During a week-long retreat where I was introduced to this practice, I was wisely, compassionately and skillfully guided by Lama John into a way of being which I had previously only skeptically read about. This way of being felt so right, so good and so natural that it brought me to my knees in tears of joy and compassion – joy that I had found a way of being which answered all of my prayers, and compassion for the many ways our minds obstruct this way of being. The experience was so powerful and so convincing that I have since dedicated my life to embodying this way of being and to helping others to do the same.

In the years since, I have had the opportunity to share NWC practice in two different venues. I was first asked to introduce meditation to a Christian group that meets weekly to discuss the Bible from the perspective of how it can inform our personal journeys. With Jesus as the inspiration, the practice of natural wisdom and compassion has fit perfectly as a means for these Christians to deepen in their faith in a God of love. Bringing this practice to a Christian audience from my Buddhist background has created a wonderful forum for mutual growth. We have learned how to share in this profound practice together using language that speaks to their Christian perspective without needing to change anything about the essence of the practice.

More recently I have been asked to introduce the practice to a Buddhist community. This kind of practice is new to many people, some of whom have long-standing meditation practices, and it has been very warmly received. To me this really speaks to the power of this practice to get at the heart of the matter. Together we are exploring our capacity to let go of our need to always be doing something (even when it is trying to become enlightened!), and instead release into our innate and always-present natural wisdom and compassion. Our growing sangha has already been very blessed. Through the graciousness of one member we meet at a beautiful retreat center that wonderfully supports our practice. Lama John will also be here in the spring 2010 to lead us in a weekend retreat.

Some of the feedback I’ve received about the practice itself is how “direct” and “powerful” it is. One person shared with me that while this practice is new and challenging for them, they feel intuitively drawn to it and thus are motivated to keep practicing. In my own experience it is the practice which has helped me the most along my path. I am again and again impressed by the depth of the practice as I explore it in its increasing subtlety. I have become convinced that this one practice holds the potential to take someone all the way down the spiritual path.

Many have shared that the receiving part of the practice guides them to a place that feels good, and right, and empowering. I’ve been told that as a result, people feel like they have more to give and are more of the person they intended to be. For me the most profound experiences of peace, tranquility, clarity, joy, vitality, presence, connectedness and inspiration that I’ve experienced have come through this practice.

I’ve had others tell me that this practice helps them connect with others in new and meaningful ways. Learning how to more fully receive genuine love and compassion through imperfect people has helped many to become more accepting of those in their lives and to let go of their expectations that they be more perfect. One of the greatest things about this practice is its applicability, how it is really teaching us a way of being, helping us to commune and interact with others from a much deeper level. I especially like it when people share how this practice has helped them to connect with people in this way, such as helping them to forgive a loved one, see a coworker in a whole new light or inspiring them to get in touch with a long forgotten teacher.

I am so thankful for this profound practice of natural wisdom and compassion and eternally grateful to the generations of teachers that have so wisely and compassionately transmitted it. May it continue to flourish!