From the Teachers

Those we are closest to we are often the farthest from, ...because we are most habituated to believe our limiting thoughts about them.
~ Lama John Makransky

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John Makransky: The Healing Power of Innate Love and Wisdom
Fri, September 16, 2019 - Sun, September 18, 2019 
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies - Barre
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Dharma Teaching


makransky_jWeekend Retreat at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

The Healing Power of Love and Wisdom:  Meditations from Tibet for Westerners

Guiding Teacher: John Makransky

To be a healing and compassionate presence to others, we need to heal deep within.  For that, we need to connect to a more open, unconditional part of our being, a basic kindness and compassion available in the background of our experience, in our basic awareness.  In this retreat, meditation practices from Tibet are adapted for fresh access to Westerners, with special focus on innate capacities of loving compassion and wisdom. To receive love deeply and extend it impartially can help the mind release into its most natural state—the wisdom of openness, simplicity and presence beyond self-clinging.   By resting in its natural state, the mind can deeply relax, heal, and further unleash its innate capacity of loving compassion.  When this unity of love and wisdom is embodied in relationships, service and action, it can become a deeply healing power for our world.  The ancient path of awakening from the Buddha is rediscovered by paying new attention to the particulars of our lives.

To Register, click here to go to the Barre Center Website.

John Makransky is a professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion (a socially engaged contemplative organization), and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. Having practiced Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of his Tibetan teachers, in 2000 John was ordained a Tibetan Buddhist lama in the lineage of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Since then, John has been teaching meditations of innate compassion and wisdom adapted from Tibet in newly accessible ways to healthcare providers, psychotherapists, social workers, educators, and social change agents.


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