From the Teachers

The goal of the path is to rediscover our original nature of pure awarness prior to the mometary confusions of self-clinging.
~ 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.


Founding Teacher

John Makransky
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John Makransky is the founding, chief guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion, which provides meditation workshops and retreats both in Buddhist contemplative settings and also in secular settings for peace and social justice activists, ministers, social workers, teachers, therapists, counselors, health care and other helping professionals. These programs are sponsored by diverse organizations, such as Boston College's Graduate Schools of Social Work and of Theology and Ministry, Union Theological Seminary, the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy, Harvard Divinity School, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and Natural Dharma Fellowship.

John combines an academic career as associate professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College with his role as a meditation teacher within the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 1978 John has practiced meditations of compassion and wisdom from Tibetan traditions and in recent years has introduced new ways of bringing these powerful contemplative methods into the worlds of social service and social justice by making them newly accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths. He has also helped Western Buddhists deepen their experience of presence and loving compassion in the context of socially engaged practice.

John has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of Tibetan lamas and scholars in the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelug traditions. In 2000 he was installed as a lama in the lineage of his first root teacher, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, by Lama Surya Das. In the following years, he met his other root teachers, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. John now serves as a senior faculty advisor and lecturer for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's Centre for Buddhist Studies in Bodhnath, Nepal, affiliated with Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute."

John published a book of practices and teachings adapted from Tibetan Buddhism to empower people in relationships, service and social action entitled Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness (Wisdom Publications, 2007). He is also author of Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet, coeditor of Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, and author of many articles and essays.

Within the American Academy of Religion (AAR), John is co-chair of the Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Group and a faculty instructor for the AAR's Summer Seminars on Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology. John lives outside of Boston with his wife and two sons.