White Heron Sangha

Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and Wisdom - Weekend Retreat with John Makransky

  • 03 Mar 2018
  • 9:30 AM
  • 04 Mar 2018
  • 3:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
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  • The retreat fee covers both days but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher. Details for the teacher donation will be provided at the retreat.
  • * The retreat price is $50, but if you can't afford the full retreat fee, please pay what you can. If you pay online, enter the amount you're able to pay and an adjustment will be made to the invoice later.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Sharon Rippner: (805) 909-0405.

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two-day non-residential retreat with John Makransky, Ph.D at our new White Heron Sangha Meditation Center in Avila Village. 

In this weekend retreat, we will connect directly to innate capacities of love, compassion and wisdom in the deep nature of our minds, to cut through our reductive concepts of self and others by sensing them in their deep dignity and potential—in their buddha nature.  

This retreat is for Buddhists who wish to deepen their experience and practice of these qualities of awakening, and for people of all faiths and backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate powerful love and compassion for action that can be replenishing and sustaining.    

There will be guided meditations, explanation of key concepts, and discussion with participants to clarify and empower practice. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence. 

Please join us for this weekend. The retreat is appropriate for all levels of practice. 

John Makransky is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre of Buddhist Studies in Nepal, President of the Society of Buddhist-Christian studies (within the American Academy of Religion), and co-founder of the Foundation for Active Compassion and the Courage of Care Coalition.  John is the developer of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), which is being applied to empower sustainable, inclusive care and compassion for people in caring roles and professions.     

In 2000, John was ordained as a Lama, a meditation teacher of innate love, compassion and wisdom, within the Nyingma, Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  His website is www.johnmakransky.org. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Where: This retreat is at our new meditation center in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail: 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.

Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. 

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. 

You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. Pre-registration and payment are required, as space is limited for this retreat.  Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice is received at least one week prior to retreat.  

Bring your lunch. Tea and light snacks will be provided. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. For questions, contact Eric Zeeb, eric@zeeb.com.


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