At the Way Of Compassion Foundation we are dedicated to making all of our programs accessible and available to all. We try to offer all of our programs on a free-will donation basis. When there is a fee to cover overhead of a facility we use, scholarships are made available. In this way, we can ensure everyone can participate and benefit from our programs regardless of their financial situation. We are a nonprofit organization and do accept donations. The donations we receive allow us to meet our limited overhead and continue to offer programs throughout the country. We have found that those with resources contribute enough to provide for us to carry on our work.
Our director and primary facilitator is John (Chophel) Bruna. John is an author, educator, mindfulness and dharma teacher. In 1984 John had an experience that transformed his life and motivated him to live a life of service. John has had careers in counseling, primarily as a substance abuse counselor, and in education as a teacher in a low-income, urban high school. In 2001 John found his spiritual teacher, Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, and, in 2005, traveled to Gaden Shartse Monastery in India to be ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Geluk tradition. After more than six years of monastic life, John has returned to life as a layperson. Drawing upon his education, training, diverse life experience (not to mention his humor), John has dedicated his life to helping others overcome their personal obstacles and challenges. He facilitates a variety of workshops and public talks.
Our program director is Shannon Birzon. Shannon moved to Colorado with her family in 2011. She has a love of the outdoors and a strong desire to serve the community in which she lives. She is a dedicated mother of two. Shannon became involved with the Way of Compassion in 2014 and has generously volunteered her time, talent and energy to help us grow our program offerings. In addition to the Way of Compassion, Shannon also volunteers for the Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) and the Forest Service.