Program Description

  • $80.00 – Sponsorship Offering
  • $54.00 – Suggested Offering
  • $27.00 – Discounted Offering
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Unconditional Love as a Doorway into—and Reflex of—the Nature of Mind

With Lama John Makransky

March 6, 2021

This day-long retreat will explore ways of accessing and settling into our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism. We will learn how to participate in an empowering field of loving, spiritual connection, and so become increasingly receptive to the unconditioned openness, wisdom and compassionate energy of our essential nature—known in the Buddhist tradition as buddha nature.

Parts of us, often unconsciously, prevent us from becoming more fully receptive to such qualities of awakening. This is true even for long-time practitioners. To address that, we will focus on ways that the healing powers of our buddha nature can help realign all parts of ourselves with that nature. Then our innate awareness can increasingly manifest of itself, unleashing powers of love, discernment and creative responsiveness for action.

This retreat is both for practitioners who identify as Buddhists and for people of all faiths and backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate unconditional powers of love, compassion, and discernment for action. Guided meditations, explanation of key principles, and discussion will clarify our collective practice.

Retreat Structure

Lama John Makrasky is leading this retreat via Zoom, and will integrate teaching, practice, and opportunities for Q&A. The morning session will run from approximately 9:00 to 12:00 am PT with breaks, and the afternoon session from 2:00 to 5:00 pm PT with breaks.

Program Fee

Sponsorship Offering: $80

Recommended Offering: $54

Discounted Offering: $27

Lama John Makransky is kindly leading this retreat as fundraiser for Gomde California. Attendees are welcome to contribute for the program at a variety of levels, and all dana offered to Lama John Makransky will be offered to Gomde. Your support allows Gomde California to continue developing into a leading center for the study and practice of Dharma in the West.

We encourage all those who have a sincere interest in this retreat to join. If you are unable to offer at the listed donation levels, please contact us at In addition, if you are able to offer more than the amounts above, or would like to become a monthly donor, you may do so here: Giving to Gomde.

Technical Details

  • A Zoom link to access the retreat will by email 24 hours, and 1 hour, prior to the program start.
  • We will be using the Zoom platform for the entire retreat
  • The teachings will be recorded and made available to participants afterwards. An email will be sent out when the recordings are available.
  • You can view the program at a time that is convenient for you. You are not required to join the live sessions.
  • If you enroll after the program starts you will have access to the recordings.




Lama John Makransky
Lama 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, former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies, and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion. 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…
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