Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Lecture Series

Join us for the next installment in our Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Lecture Series, co-sponsored by Naropa University and University of Colorado. This lecture will feature John Makransky, who will introduce "Innate Compassion Training," which he adapted from Tibetan practices.

"Adapting Compassion Training from Tibet: Empowering the Deeper Personhood of Self & Others" with John Makransky

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center, Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
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Methods to cultivate compassion in the West, adapted from Buddhism, have often been framed by a Western view of persons as isolated, autonomous individuals, for whom compassion training is seen as a self-help technique. This highly individualistic anthropology shuts out crucial elements of compassion training highlighted in Tibetan Buddhism, elements important for undercutting modern impediments to compassion.

In this talk, John Makransky will introduce "Innate Compassion Training," a method he adapted from Tibetan practices in which compassion, devotion, and wisdom are engaged as mutually empowering. This approach takes a more relational view of persons, which is truer both to Eastern Buddhism and to elements of modern philosophy. This approach highlights our human need to experience ourselves as objects of loving compassion in order to extend loving compassion widely to others, our need to be seen in our unconditional worth and potential in order to see the same in others. Makransky will explain how these elements of compassion training from Tibet undercut common modern impediments to compassion. This pattern of training, adapted from Tibet and recently adopted by Mind and Life Institute for its initiative in Ethics, Education, and Human Development, is now being correlated with findings in developmental psychology and contemplative neuroscience.

John MakranskyJohn Makransky is a professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor and lecturer for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion (a socially engaged Buddhist organization), and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. Makransky's academic writings have focused on connections between doctrine and practice in Indian and Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, and on theoretical issues in interfaith learning from a Buddhist perspective. Since 1978, John has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of his Tibetan teachers, and in 2000 he was ordained a Buddhist lama in the lineage of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Since then, Makransky has made meditations of innate compassion and wisdom from Tibet newly accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths by teaching these meditation methods to teachers, therapists, social workers, healthcare providers, and social justice activists in diverse service and Dharma settings, including Boston College, Harvard Divinity and Medical Schools, Brown University, Union Theological Seminary, Emory University, Catholic Charities, the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy, Natural Dharma Fellowship, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Sarah Worzer at or at 303-245-4871 to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.