Program Description

  • Suggested Price of $108

Unconditional Love as Entry into the Nature of Mind

With Lama John Makransky

Open Dates

This day-long retreat explores 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, may 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 relationship and 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 Schedule

Lama John Makransky will offer this retreat via Zoom on March 12th, 2022. There will be two sessions with a break period in the middle of each: 9 am to 12 pm, and 2 pm to 5 pm PT. Registrants will gain access to the recordings of these sessions, which integrate teaching, practice, and Q&A.

Program Fee

Suggested: $54

Lama John Makransky will kindly lead this retreat as a fundraiser for Gomde California. You are welcome to contribute for the program on a “pay what you wish” basis, although we recommend giving at least the suggested amount. This 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 minimum level, 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.


Lama John Makransky
Lama John Makransky, PhD, is a professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and developer of the Sustainable Compassion Training model for accessing innate capacities of compassion and awareness. John’s scholarly writings have focused on connections between practices of devotion, compassion and non-dual wisdom 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,…
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