Accessing Our Buddha Nature with the Support of Psychological Science

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Accessing Our Buddha Nature with the Support of Psychological Science

Lama John Makransky, Paul Condon
August 27, 2021 - August 29, 2021

Live Online + unlimited access to course recordings

This program will explore ways of accessing and reunifying with our innate awakened awareness through practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma Dzogchen) with support from modern psychological science. By participating in an empowering field of loving spiritual connection, we can become increasingly receptive to the unconditioned openness, lucidity, and loving energy of our buddha nature. Throughout the program, we will explore how several leading theories across psychology can inform and empower this process of awakening—attachment theory, self-identities, the constructed nature of emotions, and embodied cognition.  No scientific background is assumed; these terms and concepts will be introduced in accessible ways.

This retreat is both for Buddhist practitioners and for people of all backgrounds who seek an accessible way to cultivate unconditional powers of love, compassion, and wisdom for action. It is also for those interested in exploring how science can help support the process of deepening in contemplative experience. Guided meditations, explanation of key principles, and group discussion will clarify and empower our collective practice.

Depending on the type of work that you do, you may be eligible for a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship. Please click on this link for more information.



Friday, August 27
7:00– 8:30 pm:           Opening Session

Saturday, August 28
10:00 am – 1:00 pm   Morning Session (with breaks)
2:00 – 4:00 pm           Afternoon Session (with breaks)
7:00 – 8:00 pm           Evening Session

Sunday, August 29
10:00 am  – 1:00 pm  Closing Session (with breaks)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the retreat begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories. Contact the registrar at on Friday if you have not received the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be stored the retreat resources in your user account.

PROGRAM COST – It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from our teachings and retreats because they are unable to pay the full cost. In order to make online retreats affordable for all who wish to attend, we are offering a three-level fee structure that takes into account people’s differing financial circumstances:

  • Benefactor – for those who can afford it, this fee level helps provide support for those with limited financial resources and assists with the care and maintenance of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • Program fee – for those who can cover the basic cost of the program
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

The amounts listed are suggestions. You may write in any amount that fits your financial situation. Any amount offered above the Course Fee level will be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged as such.


A new feature of our website—user accounts—provides a secure place where materials from your retreats can be posted and accessed. If you don’t have an account already, you’ll want to set one up as soon as you register.

  • Paid resources – retreat recordings and other retreat materials, including Zoom links – will only be available in the dashboard of your user account.
  • If you haven’t already created an NDF user account, please visit our website to Create an account as soon as possible.
  • User accounts are manually synced with the retreat 24-48 hours prior to its start. Please be aware that this does not happen automatically with registration. It is a separate, manual operation.
  • You must have a user account set up 48 hours prior to the start of an event for access to any pre-retreat materials provided by the teacher.
  • If you register less than 48 hours before a retreat, we cannot guarantee you will have access to your account when the program begins. In that case, your account will be synced 24-48 hours after the program has finished.

Please visit the Technical FAQ page on our website for useful information about user accounts, helpful tutorials, as well as answers to many other questions. You can contact with questions about your user account.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27 to 29, 2021. Please see schedule for daily times. All times are Eastern Daylight Time. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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We appreciate your registering early!

Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this retreat.

About the Teachers

Lama John Makransky

Visiting Teacher
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Paul Condon

Visiting Teacher
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