From the Teachers

Look into the gap between thoughts. Die at the end of each thought to fresh wakefulness.
~ Lama John Makransky

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Rebecca Spainhower Darley  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Becky has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since being introduced to it in 2002 by Jane Moss and Julie Forsythe; she has been under Lama John Makransky's guidance from the beginning. She has completed numerous meditation retreats including four cloistered 100-Day retreats at Dzogchen Osel Ling in Austin, Texas, under the guidance of Lama Surya Das, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller, Charles Genoud, and Brendan Kennedy. Her eclectic background includes the study and practice of tai chi, hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga, and (for fun!) knitting, quilting, and sewing. She currently works as a software engineer for Oracle Corp. and lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her wonderful husband Scott.
Becky teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Tallahassee, FL.
She teaches several meditation practice sessions each month.
Please contact Becky by email for details.
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David Ekstrom  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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David is currently working in Sustainable Design and studying architecture. He lives in California with his wife Leah. He prefers to commute by bicycle.

David teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in California.
 
Julie Forsythe  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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For the last ten years I have been studying and practicing with John Makransky as the practices of Natural Awareness and Love/Compassion have emerged. During this time I've participated in many weekend and week long retreats devoted to study and practice of NWC, but none of that is really as interesting as the profound effect that doing all of this has had on my daily life. I reap immeasurable personal rewards, but find that more profoundly the communities around me benefit deeply as well. What a surprise to see the love and compassion mirrored back in my classroom, in department meetings and just in the hall way!

Julie teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Putney, Vermont.
 
David Gilner  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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David Gilner is Director of Libraries for the four campus library system of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has been practicing Natural Wisdom and Compassion meditations under the guidance of Lama John Makransky since 2003.

David teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Aaron Goldstein  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Aaron Goldstein is a certified Feldenkrais Awareness Thru Movement teacher, a licensed massage therapist,  and a meditation teacher.  His focus includes bringing ease and care into the way we move, live, and interact with the world.

Aaron teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Sandy and Burt Haggett ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Sandy and Burt have been practicing meditation since 1991 and 2000 respectively. They have been students of Kagyu master Thrangu Rinpoche since 2002 and have received teachings from many lamas in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. They began facilitating meditation groups in 2005 and after encountering Lama John’s work in 2010 and have concentrated their efforts in sharing this work since then and are currently leading two mediation groups.
Sandy and Burt teach Innate Compassion and Wisdom meditation in Bar Harbor, Maine.
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Betty Holmes  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Betty Holmes has studied and trained for the past fourteen years with Lama Surya Das and Lama John Makransky as well as H.H. Drukchen Rinpoche and Lama Willa Miller in practices of Wisdom and Compassion from the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. She is also a longtime student of Tenshin Reb Anderson of the San Francisco Zen Center. She received her master's degree in counseling from St. Edward's University and is trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy, Hakomi Loving Presence and Gottman Method Couple's Therapy.

Betty teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Austin, Texas.
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Ana Hristic  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Ana Hristic, MA, works with children and families as a clinician and case manager. She strives to create opportunities for youth in foster care to make meaningful connections, while empowering families and systems to best understand and address high risk behaviors. Ana has been a student of Lama John Makransky since 2000, deepening her study of Tibetan Buddhism and practicing Natural Wisdom and Compassion meditations. She has completed many meditation retreats over the years.

Ana teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Portland, Oregon.
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Paul Knitter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Paul Knitter is the Emeritus Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, New York, now living with his wife Cathy Cornell in Madison, Wisconsin. Most of his research and writing over the course of 40 years of teaching has been in the area of interreligious dialogue. In 2009 he published Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian.

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Lili Knutzen  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Lili Knutzen, MA, MED, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She has been practicing Natural Wisdom and Compassion meditations under the guidance of Lama John Makransky for the past seven years.

Lili teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Montclair, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and a dog.
 
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