Paul: 646-648-1308 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy: 646-648-0731 or email@example.com
Board of Directors, Meditation Teacher
I have seen how the practice of innate love and wisdom helps to uncover an amazing transformative power for healing and how it empowers people to move into and beyond the limits of fear and self-doubt in their lives. In my work as a clinical social worker with children who have been sexually abused and their families in Madison, WI, I see how this practice can open people up to an experience of love and acceptance when before they had felt they were so alone and misunderstood in the world. The recognition, through the practice, that they are loved just as they are can have profound implications for the way they view themselves and their ability to be an expression of that love and compassion to others.
People who visit our sangha will be warmly welcomed into an hour of guided meditation and reflection on Innate Compassion practice, which is led by either Paul Knitter or me. Our sangha includes people from different backgrounds and faiths, predominantly Christians and Buddhists. In this interfaith experience of shared reflection on our practice, we learn from each other about how to more fully embody the qualities of warmth, acceptance, and love in our daily lives.
What has been most inspiring for me is to see how the practice speaks to the experience and to the needs of others. Witnessing how it can make such a difference in the lives of others confirms that same potential in my own life. My trust in the practice is strengthened by its effectiveness for others.
I had known John Makransky as a colleague and friend in the academy of professors of religion/theology. It was only when my wife Cathy Cornell met John when accompanying me to an meeting of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, and after she subsequently began to practice with him, and then invited me to join her that I experienced the power of these practices and how much they spoke to me and to my beliefs and questions as a Christian.
The principal way I share them is in the little sangha that we have formed here in Madison and that meets twice a month at our home. But I also share them in my ministry at my ecumenical Catholic parish when I draw on our Buddhist teachings and practice to inform my sermons and my efforts to understanding the teachings of the New Testament.