Julie Forsythe is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion with her teaching mentor, Lama John Makransky, and Leah Weiss Ekstrom. She served as secretary on the national board of the Dzogchen Center for eight years where she focused on development of community contemplative practice groups. She was on the national board of the American Friends Service Committee for six years focused on international programs of relief and reconciliation.
Julie was introduced to Buddhism in 1969 when she was working at the Quaker Rehabilitation Center for Vietnamese civilians during the Vietnam War. A lifelong Quaker, she is also rooted in that contemplative western mystical tradition. Julie has been a student of Lama Surya Das' and Lama John Makransky's since 1995 and she has completed many meditation retreats in the natural ease tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (Dzogchen), including multiple One Hundred Day Retreats. She has also served as a practice leader in these retreat settings.
Julie is newly retired from her position as an Assistant Professor at Landmark College, a college for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Beyond her teaching and departmental chair responsibilities, she regularly taught meditation to learning disabled students. She is an active participant in community work for the elderly in Putney and currently serves as President of the Putney Cares.