Awakening Heart Practice Community

Practices of Love and Wisdom


Awakening Heart Practice Community

Our community engages in practices that support awakening and compassionate action in the world. We are grounded in Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, inspired by the teachings of Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Baker, Rupert Spira, and other teachers. Our community welcomes those beginning to explore contemplative practice and experienced meditators. People of all faith traditions, as well as those who do not identify with any faith, are invited to join us.


Awakening Heart Practice Community Gatherings

Saturdays @ 10 am ET

Love and Awareness Teaching and Meditation

AHPC Meditation Teachers

Mondays @ 7:30 pm ET

Open Awareness Sangha

Carol Marsh & Ilona O’Connor

Monthly on Second Sundays @ 7 pm ET

In-Person Practice Group at Won Buddhism of Boston

Tamara Daly & Eric Brus

Affiliated Practice Groups

Cambridge, MA

Eric Brus, Dori Bongiovanni, David Tucker

Wednesdays @ 7 pm ET

Tucson, AZ

Marge Houy, Dawn-Starr Crowther

Sundays @ 4 pm MST

Santa Fe, NM

Aaron Goldstein

2nd and 4th Mondays @ 7 pm MST

Brooksville, ME

Philip Osgood, Sheila Moir

Thursdays @ 6 pm ET

Providence, RI

Ken Bent

Wednesdays @ 7 pm ET

Galveston, Texas

Terry Conrad

Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7 am ET


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Meditation Teachers

Elise Hoblitzelle

Elise Hoblitzelle has been interested in the nature of belief and of the mind most of her life. For 25 years, she has been exploring various meditation practices and Buddhist traditions. Since 2014, she has been studying primarily with Lama Willa Baker, Lama Liz Monson, and Lama John Makransky. Elise has taught with Foundation for Active Compassion.

Tamara Daly

Tamara was introduced to meditation in the Western esoteric traditions. An introduction to bodhicitta led her to Tibetan Buddhism. She has studied under teachers in the Dzogchen tradition since 2004. She has taught meditation for Natural Dharma Fellowship and Foundation for Active Compassion. Current teachers are Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Baker, and Mark Sullivan.

Carol Marsh

Carol has been practicing the dharma for over twenty years, primarily in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Her teachers include Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Baker, and the non-dual teacher Rupert Spira. She has taught with Foundation for Active Compassion and in prison sanghas.

Eric Brus

Eric has been practicing the dharma since the early 1990s. He has a strong affinity for dharma study, chanting, and meditative practices that nurture and express our innate compassion and wisdom. Eric's current teachers include Lama Willa Baker, Lama Liz Monson, Lama John Makransky, Anam Thubten, and Rob Preece. Eric has taught meditation with Foundation for Active Compassion and Natural Dharma Fellowship.

Ilona O'Connor

Ilona has a BA in Religious Studies. Raised in the Catholic tradition, she was a member of the Boston Catholic Worker community. She has led practices of love and wisdom in the Buddhist tradition since 2010. Her current teacher is Rupert Spira. She has taught with the Foundation for Active Compassion.

Joel Baehr

Our beloved teacher and friend Joel Baehr passed away in September 2023. We are including recordings of a large selection of his recent teachings in this archive. In addition to teaching with Awakening Heart, Joel was a teacher for the Natural Dharma Fellowship. Joel studied and practiced for decades with Lama Willa Baker, Lama John Makransky, Brendan Kennedy, Lama Surya Das, Thomas Hora, and many teachers of Tibetan Buddhism and other spiritual traditions.

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