Lama John Makransky leading panel on Socially Engaged Buddhism
During late September, Lama John Makransky taught a multi-day workshop, “We Are Already Held in the Qualities We Seek: An Introduction to Innate Compassion Training” at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI) in Kathmandu, Nepal. RYI was founded by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche – one of Lama John’s root teachers. It is an institution of higher learning for persons wishing to deepen…
Have you noticed that, even after years of dedicated and sincere spiritual practice, whole areas of our personalities and our lives can remain untouched by the compassion and wisdom described in spiritual teachings?
Six of us spent the weekend of April 26-28 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine. We explored practice in relation to the insights of Internal Family Systems that were presented by Lama John and Richard Schwartz, IFS founder, at the end of March. Our accommodations were perfect for our small group; a comfortable meeting space with wicker…
Love here is the power to commune with persons in the goodness of their being, while wishing them deeply well. Your benefactors are those who have quietly extended such love to you, often in little moments long forgotten. A benefactor moment is a moment you can recall when someone was with you in a simple loving way, taking joy in you, in a moment of play, laughter, care, deep listening to you, or quiet caring presence.
Practice the meditations of “Innate Love and Wisdom” for some months before taking up these meditations regularly. Recall the meaning of love – loving care senses beings in their unconditional worth and wishes them deeply well. Recall the meaning of compassion – the power of loving care for persons that empathizes with them in their sufferings and wishes them deeply free from the suffering so they can be deeply well.
Compassionate Mindfulness of Body: Sit with a comfortably straight back, eyes open gazing downward, chin down, hands comfortably on lap. Take a long, deep, cleansing breath. Now come down from the thinking mind into the body, settling into the felt sense of the body as a whole.