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Empowering Access to Awakened Awareness: A Retreat Integrating Scientific Concepts with Practices from Tibetan Buddhism

August 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - August 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Empowering Access to Awakened Awareness: A Retreat Integrating Scientific Concepts with Practices from Tibetan Buddhism

Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Paul Condon

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Description: This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism with support from modern psychological science. By participating in an empowering field of loving spiritual connection, we can become increasingly receptive to the unconditioned openness, wisdom and compassionate energy of our buddha nature. Yet parts of us, often unconsciously, tend to prevent us from more fully accessing such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on ways that healing powers of our buddha nature can help harmonize all parts of us with that nature, so our innate capacities for compassion and wisdom can unfold more freely.  Throughout the program, we will also explore how theories in current psychology can inform and empower this process of awakening—attachment theory, social baseline theory, internal family systems, situated conceptualization, dyadic expansion of consciousness, and emotional granularity.  No scientific background is assumed; these terms and concepts will be newly introduced in accessible ways.

This retreat is both for practitioners who identify as Buddhists and for people of all backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate unconditional powers of love, compassion, and wisdom for action. It is also for those interested in exploring how science can help support the process of deepening in contemplative experience. Guided meditations, explanation of key principles, and group discussion will clarify and empower our collective practice.

Learning Intentions: To enter into a process of awakening that draws from the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, with support from modern scientific concepts, by learning: to find access to the loving, compassionate qualities of our buddha nature (our primordial awareness); to draw on those loving qualities to help us reunify with the openness, clarity and energy of our buddha nature; to rediscover our relation to others and to the natural world in light of those loving qualities; to embrace protective parts of ourselves and our emotions in the same qualities, so they may heal and be incorporated into this process of awakening rather than impeding it.


Start: August 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm End: August 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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