Unconditional Love as a Doorway Into, and Expression of, the Nature of the Mind
with Lama John Makransky
Sunday, September 19; 9:30AM to 12:30 PM (with breaks), 12:30 to 1:30 for a lunch break, then 1:30 to 3PM.
This is an in-person retreat. We anticipate having the capacity to live stream (view only) this retreat or possibly offer remote participation via Zoom. Check back for updates or feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
Suggested donation: $25-50 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*
This retreat 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 openness, lucidity and compassionate capacity of our buddha nature. Yet parts of us, often unconsciously, can prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. To address that, we will focus on ways that the unconditional, healing powers of our buddha nature can help realign all parts of us with that nature. Then our innate awareness can increasingly manifest of itself, unleashing powers of love, discernment and creative responsiveness. Guided meditations, explanation of key principles, and discussion will clarify our collective practice.
John Makransky, PhD, is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal and co-creator of the Sustainable Compassion Training model for drawing on innate human capacities of love and awareness. John's academic writings have focused on connections between practices of wisdom, compassion and devotion in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, on adapting Buddhist practices to meet contemporary minds, and on theoretical issues in interfaith learning. In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama, a meditation teacher of innate compassion and wisdom, within the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. As a meditation teacher, John is known for guiding participants in their discovery of underlying powers of love and wisdom.
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