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Accessing Our Innate Capacities for Love, Compassion, & Wisdom

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Join John Makransky for this half-day retreat to connect directly to your innate capacities for love and wisdom in the deep nature of our minds.

This retreat is both for Buddhists who wish to deepen their experience of these innate qualities of awakening, and for people of all faiths and backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate powerful love and compassion for action that can be replenishing and sustaining. You will learn to cut through the reductive labels of self and others by sensing them in their deep dignity and potential; in their buddha nature.

The day will consist of guided meditations, explanation of key concepts, and discussion with participants to clarify and empower practice.

Please email info@thebccp.com for questions regarding financial aid options and partial scholarships.


John Makransky is the founding, chief guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion, which provides meditation workshops and retreats both in Buddhist contemplative settings and also in secular settings for peace and social justice activists, ministers, social workers, teachers, therapists, counselors, health care and other helping professionals.

John combines an academic career as associate professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College with his role as a meditation teacher within the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 1978 John has practiced meditations of compassion and wisdom from Tibetan traditions and in recent years has introduced new ways of bringing these powerful contemplative methods into the worlds of social service and social justice by making them newly accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths. He has also helped Western Buddhists deepen their experience of presence and loving compassion in the context of socially engaged practice.

John has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of Tibetan lamas and scholars in the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelug traditions. In 2000 he was installed as a lama in the lineage of his first root teacher, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, by Lama Surya Das. In the following years, he met his other root teachers, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. John now serves as a senior faculty advisor and lecturer for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's Centre for Buddhist Studies in Bodhnath, Nepal, affiliated with Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute."

John published a book of practices and teachings adapted from Tibetan Buddhism to empower people in relationships, service and social action entitled Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness (Wisdom Publications, 2007). He is also author of Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet, coeditor of Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, and author of many articles and essays.

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