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December 2019

Transmitting the Blessing of Compassion

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - December 15 @ 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Lama Liz Monson

In this weekend program, Lama John Makransky and Lama Liz Monson will explore how practicing compassion and receiving blessings work in tandem to help us access our deepest nature of loving-kindness and wisdom. By deepening our receptivity to love and compassion, we discover that compassion and wisdom are intrinsically part of who we are. And as we learn to extend these qualities to others, we realize that we are already and always deeply connected with them, and with the transformative…

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January 2020

The Power of Original Goodness

January 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - January 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Bob Morrison, Lama Liz Monson, Janine Grillo Marra

While this retreat is open to all persons, priority registration will be given to participants of the Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Margha Program. Registration for the general public will open at 10 am on November 23. This week-long retreat will focus on transformative practices that allow us to directly access the love and wisdom that are the very fabric of our deepest nature. Teachings and practices will enable participants to deepen in their experience of their innate, awakened capacity. In particular,…

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February 2020

Awakening Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

February 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, 149 Lockwood Road
Barre, MA 01005
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. 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, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on…

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March 2020

Accessing Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

March 6, 2020 - March 8, 2020
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California, 66000 Drive Thru Tree Road
Leggett, CA 95585 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. 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, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on…

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Empowering Access to Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

March 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - March 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. 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, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on…

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April 2020

How to Cultivate Deep, Replenishing, and Inclusive Compassion and Wisdom

April 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Boston Center for Contemplative Practice – Newton Center, 796 Beacon Street
Newton Center, MA 02459 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

Sustainable Compassion and Wisdom Training (SCT) teaches us how to become newly receptive to compassionate, healing qualities in the depth of our being, to settle and relax into that depth, and to come from there in responding to others with more replenishing and expansive care, compassion and awareness. Developed by John Makransky, SCT is adapted from Tibetan Buddhism into a form that is immediately accessible to people of all backgrounds, traditions, and world views. SCT has three modes of practice:…

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May 2020

Becoming Our Compassionate Self — Integrating Parts of Ourselves into the Process of Spiritual Awakening: A Retreat Integrating Internal Family Systems with Practices from Tibetan Buddhism

May 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Have you noticed that, even after years of dedicated and sincere spiritual practice, whole areas of our personalities and lives can remain untouched by the compassion and wisdom described in the spiritual teachings? There is a paradigm shift taking place in both psychology and spiritual practice. It hinges on recognizing that we have not just one personality, but many inner sub-personalities, or parts, whose burdens obscure our access to the qualities and energy of our fuller awareness--our true Self. When…

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June 2020

Accessing Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

June 3, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Holy Wisdom Monastery – Middleton, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. 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, where we sense our undividedness from other beings and the earth in the emptiness and interdependence of all things. Yet parts of us, often unconsciously, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive…

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Empowering Access to Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

June 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - June 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Bob Morrison, Ilona O’Connor

This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. 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, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on…

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July 2020

Accessing Awakened Awareness through Unconditional Love and Compassion

July 11, 2020
Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky

This program will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. 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, may prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on…

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October 2020

Discovering Your Essence of Love

October 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - October 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03748 United States
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Teacher(s): Lama John Makransky, Lama Liz Monson

Have you ever felt that there isn’t enough love in your life? That love is something you need to find outside of yourself in order to feel whole and fully alive? If so, this retreat is for you. Over this weekend, Lamas John Makransky and Liz Monson will explore practices of accessing and abiding in our essential nature of love. Although it may feel counterintuitive, by extending love and compassion to others and by engaging in an empowering field of…

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