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This is a recorded course of our contemplation of several of the pith instructions of two great meditation masters of the 20th century, Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo and his main student Chögyam Trungpa. We will use newly translated songs of their pith instructions from Tibet, which we will contemplate and discuss together. We will use a tried and true method of group study that has been used in Halifax as the basis of the Pith Instructions Contemplation Group for 20 years.

Mark and Scott did not “teach” these texts, lead and facilitated the contemplations and discussions, based on their knowledge of the translations of these two great teachers.

The course is open to tantrikas who have received the pointing-out instructions on the nature of mind.

Please order the small booklet of translations for the class. It is available at Nalanda (direct link). If your copy does not arrive by the time the class begins, the verses needed for the class will be emailed to you.

About the Instructors

Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He also studies and translates with many other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is particularly inspired by the works of Chögyam Trungpa and his teacher Khenpo Gangshar, and is currently coordinating the translation and publication of a book of the latter’s shorter works of pith instructions and songs of realization. Mark is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and a senior teacher in the Shambhala mandala.
Scott Wellenbach is a long-time student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and has studied with Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Scott is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and also serves as the Dean of Translation and Language Study at Nitartha Institute. A senior teacher in both the Shambhala and Nitartha mandalas, he has a particular interest in joining the Buddhist view to meditation practice in a transformative way.