Awakening Through Love is an uplifting and joyful reminder of our human potential. As a manual for practice, it wonderfully supports our shift from a contracted self-centeredness to the profound expansiveness of connection with others.”
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
the book by John Makransky

Workshops and Retreats


Current Workshops and Retreats | Previous Workshops

Currently Scheduled Workshops and Retreats by John Makransky

  • For information on the theory and content of these workshops and retreats, see the social justice, social service and dharma teaching sections of this site.

  • John Makransky Fall 2009 Teachings at Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Parlor, 10am-noon:
  • Saturday September 5
    Saturday October 3
    Saturday December 5
    Saturday January 2 (2010)
  • For other meditation meeting times in Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Boston and New England, visit www.foundationforactivecompassion.org
  • August 1, 2009 - 10AM to 12 — Friends Meeting House Cambridge: Guided meditation and talk by Lama John Makransky. Info: Nancy Dale, njdale [at] mindspring [dot] com
  • August 7-9, 2009 — Omega Retreat Center in Rhinebeck, NY, retreat assisted by Julie Forsythe: Natural Ease and Compassionate Activism. Info: 845.266.4444, www.eomega.org, registration [at] eomega [dot] org - http://eomega.org/omega/workshops/4e7dc950fcd4f1d1655383af787bd855/ - (click workshop title or paste this link into your browser to visit)
  • September 5, 2009 - 10AM to 12 — Friends Meeting House Cambridge: Guided meditation and talk by Lama John Makransky. Info: Nancy Dale, njdale [at] mindspring [dot] com
  • September 12, 2009 — Daylong Retreat at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA: Knowing Persons in Their Deepest Goodness: Experiencing the Unity of Love and Wisdom in Dzogchen Practice. Both for beginners and experienced meditators, with a focus on relationships and service. Info: bcbs [at] dharma [dot] org - https://bcbs.dharma.org/Pages/course_detail.lasso?-KeyValue=77&-Token.Action=&image=1 (click workshop title or paste this link into your browser to visit)
  • October 3, 2009 - 10AM to 12 — Friends Meeting House Cambridge: Guided meditation and talk by Lama John Makransky. Info: Nancy Dale, njdale [at] mindspring [dot] com
  • October 23-24, 2009 — Social Justice Retreat at Union Theological Seminary, NYC, assisted by Leah Weiss Ekstrom and Julie Forsythe: Accessing our Best Inner Resources for Service and Social Justice Activism—Practices of Natural Wisdom and Compassion. Info: Paul Thorson, pthorson [at] uts [dot] columbia [dot] edu
  • November 14, 2009 — Daylong Retreat in Northampton, MA: Accessing our Best Inner Resources for Social Service and Action—Meditations of Natural Wisdom and Compassion. Assisted by Julie Forsythe and Leah Weiss Ekstrom. Co-sponsored with Contemplative Mind in Society. Info: Jane Vecchio, seejanerun [at] fastmail [dot] net; 413-552-2414; Registration: www.contemplativemind.org/programs/socialjustice/register-Makransky.html
  • December 5, 2009 - 10AM to 12 — Friends Meeting House Cambridge: Guided meditation and talk by Lama John Makransky. Info: Nancy Dale, njdale [at] mindspring [dot] com
  • January 2, 2010 - 10AM to 12 — Friends Meeting House Cambridge: Guided meditation and talk by Lama John Makransky. Info: Nancy Dale, njdale [at] mindspring [dot] com
  • March 20, 2010, 10:00 am-12:30 pm — Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Saturday workshop (open to the public): Meditation, Service and Social Justice: Practices of Natural Wisdom and Compassion, Prof. John Makransky with teaching assistant Leah Weiss Ekstrom. Info: Melinda Donovan: donovamn@bc.edu
  • June 25-26, 2010 — Fellowship in Prayer 60th Anniversary Conference Meditation Workshop - Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Accessing Our Best Inner Resources for Service and Action - Meditations of Natural Wisdom and Compassion. Info: jmhaag [at] sacredjourney [dot] org
  • June 26-July 3rd, 2010 — Week-long In-Depth Contemplative Study retreat at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies: Unity of Love and Wisdom in Dzogchen Practice. Info: bcbs [at] dharma [dot] org
  • August 9-15, 2010 — Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism - Presentations by Lama John Makransky and Kathe McKenna. Info:www.zenpeacemakers.org/soc_eng_bud/symposium.htm and www.zenpeacemakers.org/soc_eng_bud/newsletters/soc_eng_bud_ newsletter.htm
  • October 1-3, 2010 — Weekend Retreat at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies: Knowing Persons in their Deepest Goodness -- Experiencing the Unity of Love and wisdom. Contemplative practices adapted from Tibetan Dzogchen tradition for Westerners. Info: bcbs [at] dharma [dot] org

Previous Workshops for People Working in Social Justice and Social Service

  • For information on the theory and content of these workshops, see the social justice and social service sections of this site.

  • July 7-9, 2009 — Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Summer Workshops, assisted by Leah Weiss Ekstrom: Contemplative Training for Service and Social Action-- Meditations of Natural Awareness and Compassionate Connection, for info: Maura Colleary, maura.colleary.1 [at] bc [dot] edu, (617) 552-8443 - http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/acadprog/nondegree/ce/ce-offerings/confwk.html (click workshop title or paste this link into your browser to visit)
  • May 23, 2009 — New Orleans: HIV/AIDS 2009 Social Work Conference, meditation workshop: Deep Replenishment and Connection for Ourselves as Caregivers by Leah Weiss Ekstrom (associate teacher of John Makransky). info: Gina Mulvaney mulvaneg [at] b [dot] edu
  • May 8-9, 2009 — Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: May 8: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue with John Makransky and Bonnie Thurston. May 9: daylong workshop — Meditations of Compassionate Communion and Presence: How Meditation Practices Can Deepen Your Clinical Work. Info: Martha Robbins, mrobbins [at] pts [dot] edu
  • April 18, 2009, Tibet House and Open Center, New York City: The Path of Compassionate Activism.
  • April 6, 2009 — Arlington Center: Compassion Beyond Fatigue: Meditations of Replenishment and Connection adapted from Tibetan DzogchenTradition. Guided meditation and lecture sponsored by the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy and Arlington Center.
  • Sept. 27, 2008—Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves—Meditations of Deep Replenishment and Connection for People who Serve Others—at First Churches, Northampton, MA, sponsored by Dzogchen Center.
  • July 18-20, 2008—Social Justice Workshop for Contemplative Mind in Society, Garrison Institute, N.Y., assisted by Leah Weiss Ekstrom: Deep Replenishment and Connection: Meditations of Loving Communion and Presence for Social Justice Activism and Service
  • June 28, 2008—Workshop for the Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry: An Exploration of Buddhist Meditation Methods for Pastoral Ministers and Theologians.
  • June 27, 2008—Workshop for the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, assisted by Leah Weiss Ekstrom and Julie Forsythe: Taking Deep Care of Ourselves as Caregivers: Meditations of Loving Communion and Presence.
  • May 24, 2008—Workshop for the National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, Washington D.C., assisted by Leah Weiss Ekstrom: Deep Connection and Replenishment for Ourselves as Caregivers: Meditations of Loving Communion and Presence.
  • April 9, 2008—Workshop for Harvard University Graduate Seminar in Care for the Dying, assisted by Lama Willa Miller: Meditations of Presence and Compassion for Caregivers, Social Workers and Pastoral counselors.
  • November 19, 2008—Workshop at Boston College for Priests: Compassion Beyond Fatigue: Meditation Skills to Enhance One’s Ministry and Personal Life
  • February 15, 2008—Workshop for administrators and staff of the Student Affairs Division of Boston College: Compassion Beyond Fatigue: Meditations of Loving Communion and Presence for Educators
  • February 8, 2008—Workshop for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, New England Region, at Boston University: Integrating Buddhist Methods of Presence and Loving Communion into Therapy and Counseling
  • November 9, 2007—Workshop for the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work: Compassion Beyond Fatigue—Meditations of Presence and Compassion for Social Workers.