Author of Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness

Prof. John Makransky from Boston College to Join the Summer Institute!

The year 2018 marked the beginning of visiting professors and guest lecturers at the Summer Institute. Participants enjoyed hearing teachings and engaging in discussions with Prof. Douglas Duckworth, from Temple University. Prof. Duckworth translated Bötrül’s Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies: Illuminating Emptiness in a Twentieth-Century Tibetan Buddhist Classic, the subject of classes taught by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute.

We are happy to announce that this summer we will be accompanied by John Makransky, professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College. Professor Makransky will join us for session 1 of the Summer Institute and has kindly agreed to present one or two evening talks on his book Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness.

Professor Makransky has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelug teachers. In 2000, he was installed by Lama Surya Das as a lama in the Tibetan lineage of his first root teacher, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. He met his second root teacher, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, in 2002, and now serves as a senior faculty advisor and lecturer for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Bodhanath, Nepal (affiliated with Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute).

Professor Makransky has introduced new ways to bring these powerful contemplative methods into the secular world of social service and social justice by making them newly accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths.