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Carol Marsh  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Carol Marsh is an architect living and practicing in the Boston area, and has recently begun work as a hospice volunteer. She has studied with Lama John Makransky since he first introduced his Natural Wisdom and Compassion teachings, as well as with other teachers of Dzogchen and Mahamudra. She has found these practices profoundly transforming in her work life and her personal relationships. Carol joined the Foundation for Active Compassion Board in 2010.
Carol Teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cambridge, MA and Jamaica Plain, MA
 
Kathe McKenna ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Kathe McKenna was one of the founders of Haley House in 1966 when she and her husband welcomed men who were homeless into their apartment. For the next 42 years she merged her background in Christian contemplation with service. In the 1980s, she walked for peace and chanted with the Nipponzan Myohoji monks and nuns. She was introduced to Dzogchen by Sogyal Rinpoche and became a student of Lama Surya Das, under whose guidance she went on a 100-Day Wisdom Retreat. It is Tibetan Buddhism with its practices that turn poison into medicine - in oneself and the world - that is her path.

Kathe teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Paul Mintzer  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Paul Mintzer is a mostly retired ophthalmologist.  A long time meditator, Paul became interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen in the mid 90’s and has been a student of John Makransky since John became a lama.  Paul is a founding member of the Putney meditation group and lives in Southampton, MA, with his wife Ellen who is an FAC board member.  Paul credits Lama John’s practices of Innate Wisdom and Compassion for radically changing his outlook on life.

Paul teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Northampton, MA.
 
Sheila Moir ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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After many years spent edging toward the inevitable, Sheila joyfully took refuge in the Buddhist path in 2005 with the unwitting support of Julie Forsythe.  At the same time, she discovered Lama John's practices of Innate Compassion and Wisdom, by whose power and blessings she ha been held ever since.  She has since had the opportunity of attending a number of retreats with Lama John and Lama Willa Miller.  Sheila now lives and works in rural Maine, but in the 1990's she and her husband were fortunate enough to sail around the world, a journey that made clear through direct experience that all people are indeed "just like me", no matter the cultural overlays.  Sheila is a teacher in the Blue Hill Group.  
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Bob Morrison  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Robert Morrison is a writer living in the Boston area. Since meeting the late Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche in 1994, he has studied and practiced Dzogchen and other teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, primarily with his main teachers: Lama Surya Das, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller, Charles Genoud and Brendan Kennedy. He has been leading practices of Natural Wisdom and Compassion for many years, and is also an associate teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship. As an avid hiker, his special interests include the awakening power of nature and, as a cancer survivor, the challenges of cancer as spiritual opportunities.

Bob teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Ilona O'Connor  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Ilona grew up in the Catholic tradition. Her spiritual benefactors include Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Daniel Berrigan.  She lived and worked at Haley House, the Boston Catholic Worker, in the 1980s.  This experience of spiritual community inspired a deeper commitment to the path of contemplation and action.  IIona has practiced as a home health nurse in inner city Boston for almost 30 years. She has also taught  Enneagram studies to a variety of organizations beginning in 1995.  Since learning the meditations of Natural Wisdom and Compassion in 2008, she has felt a strong sense of connection to the teachings and joy in the practice.

Ilona teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
 
Philip Osgood  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Philip Osgood has been a Buddhist practitioner over the last 3 decades and has experience in the Vipassana, Zen and Tibetan traditions. For the last 10 years, he has practiced intensely in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and has studied with John Makransky since he first introduced his teachings on Natural Wisdom and Compassion. Philip is a freelance writer and assisted with the editing of Lama John's book, Awakening Through Love.

Philip teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Brooksville, Maine.
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Sandra Talansky  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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Sandra is a practicing psychotherapist in Pollenza, Italy. She has been a contract professor for 8 years at the University of Bologna and University of Macerata, Italy. She has been a practicing buddhist since 2002, having as her teachers Lama Denys Rinpoche, Adzom Gyalse Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Lama Willa Miller and Lama John Makransky. She has taken the initiations of Ngondro, Phowa, Shitro, the Sadhanas of Green Tara and Chenresig, and practices regularly the Meditation of Natural Wisdom and Compassion as taught by Lama John. She is "full of gratitude to the Awakened Ones, my teachers and heart friends for their on-going guidance and love."

Sandra teaches NWC Meditation in Pollenza, Italy.
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Jane Vecchio
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Jane Vecchio, LMHC, is a professor of psychology at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA, a licensed psychotherapist and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator.  In the middle of a decade spent exploring a variety of Buddhist teachings and practices, she traveled in India and Nepal on a Fulbright-Hays summer educational grant and felt her path shift.  At the end of that decade in 2008 she met her heart teacher, Lama John Makransky, and realized why her path had shifted.  She has been an NWC practitioner ever since.  In 2011 she attended the Buddhist Studies Summer Program at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Jane teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Northampton, MA and Putney, VT.
 
Andria L. Whited  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
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In 1999 Andria Whited had an identity crisis when she stopped being an actress. Seeking to find her way, she began a meditation practice. She was introduced to Lama John and natural wisdom and compassion meditation at her first Dzogchen retreat in 2003. In 2006 Andria completed Lama John's Vajrayana retreat. Lama John's accessibility and expert pith instructions quickly established him as her main teacher. His instructions, over the matter of a few minutes, cut through some of her long-held ego fixations. Andria has her LMSW certification and is currently the research monitor for the Institutional Review Board at the NYS Psychiatric Institute.

Andria teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in New York City at Tibet House and Union Theological Seminary on some Sundays and Thursdays.
 
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