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In this four-week course, we will contemplate several of the pith instructions of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo and his main student, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will use newly translated short texts of these two great teachers. We will contemplate and discuss these together, using a tried and true method of group study used by the Pith Instructions Contemplation Group in Halifax for 20 years.

There will be some introduction to the life and times that Khenpo Gangshar and Chögyam Trungpa spent together, as well as the method of contemplation. However, Mark will not be “teaching” these texts, but will lead and facilitate our contemplations and discussions together. Be prepared to participate and share your insights with the whole class!

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.