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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are the basic building blocks of waking up. Without them, we have no basis for being in the present moment, which when you look into it, is all we have. Buddha Shakyamuni taught these at the beginning of his teaching career and returned to these basics again and again. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught a unique approach to these at the beginning of the first Vajradhatu Seminary in 1973, and also at a seminar at Karme Choling in 1974.

We used these teachings, as well as other traditional teachings on mindfulness, as the basis for our study, contemplation, discussion, and meditation together. Mark presents some short talks, and all join to meditate, contemplate, and discuss the experience together.

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.