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Online 7-Week Program: A Secure Core of Compassion and Awareness for Insecure Times

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - May 22 @ 8:30 pm

Online 7-Week Program: A Secure Core of Compassion and Awareness for Insecure Times

Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

This seven-week, online training is co-sponsored by Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Foundation for Active Compassion. It will be held Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30- 8:30 EDT from April 9 through May 22, 2020.

Description: During this pandemic, we are called to care for ourselves and others. Yet many of us—and those around us — are experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear and unease. Many of us seek a healing way to process those feelings, so we can become a stable and healing presence for others, without getting depleted or overwhelmed. This seven-week on-line program with Lama John Makransky will teach us how to establish a core of inner safety, compassion, and awareness that we can return to as needed for replenishment and empowerment. This stable core of compassionate awareness can convert our painful feelings into a source of compassionate energy and care for others. It can also help us find rest in the depth of our being, from which to respond to others with reverence and care in the depth of their being.

This practice, called Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), was adapted from Tibetan Buddhism by John Makransky into a form that is fully accessible to people of all backgrounds and world views. SCT has three modes of meditation that will be introduced in this on-line program:

  1. The receptive mode helps us find new access to hidden qualities of love, compassion, inner safety, and wisdom.
  2. The deepening mode helps us settle into the source of those qualities in the depth of our awareness—with deepening relaxation, inner peace, and spaciousness that is healing and freeing in mind and body.
  3. The inclusive mode helps us come from that depth to respond to others in their deep dignity and potential, with replenishing and expansive powers of care, compassion, and wisdom for action.

The program consists of seven weeks of 1-hour Zoom sessions on Thursday and Friday nights starting April 9 and 10 at 7:30-8:30 PM EDT and going through May 21-22. John will offer a talk and guided meditation on Thursday nights. Participants who choose can submit questions via email, which John will address during the Friday night Q&A sessions.

People can register here at any point during the program. Previous Thursday night talks will be recorded and posted on the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies website at the bottom of the page for this program.


Start: April 9 End: May 22


Springfield, NH United States
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