DescriptionMeditation practices from Tibetan Buddhism are adapted for fresh access to Westerners, with special focus on a Dzogchen approach to bodhichitta, the essence of loving compassion and wisdom. To receive love deeply and extend it impartially can help the mind release into its most natural state—the wisdom of openness, simplicity and presence beyond self-clinging. By resting in its natural state, the mind can further unleash its innate capacity of love. When this unity of love and wisdom is embodied in relationships, service and action, it becomes a force to heal our world. The ancient bodhisattva path of awakening is rediscovered by paying new attention to the particulars of our lives.
About the TeacherJohn Makransky is a professor of Buddhism at Boston College and the founder and guiding 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. He 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. 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. Two years later he met his other root teacher, Chokyi Nyima 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 lives outside of Boston with his wife and two sons. [gallery ids="477,478"]
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