Mitra Mark Power has been a student of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 30 years, beginning his journey with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, then continued with his western dharma successor, Osel Tendzin. In 1993 Mark began studying under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and has worked with Rinpoche and the Nalandabodhi community as an administrator. Mark’s teaching integrates the Buddha’s teaching with daily experience.
In 2005, he was appointed as one of five Western Nalandabodhi teachers and given the title “mitra” (friend). Mark was one of five of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Western students appointed to be senior teachers within his lineage for the Nalandabodhi sangha. Rinpoche gave them the title Mitra (“spiritual friend”) and authorized them to impart a broad range of teachings and carry significant spiritual responsibilities in relation to the students of Nalandabodhi.
As a board certified chaplain, Mark works at Seattle Children’s Hospital on a palliative care team. His approach to spiritual care combines the compassionate intentions of Buddhist contemplative practice with interfaith ministry. Mark has worked primarily in end-of-life-care settings.
Mark has been married to his wife, Marion for 25 years. Together they have two daughters, Cynthia (age 22) and Katherine (age 16). Ever loyal “Buddy” is the family hound around whom much of family lore revolves!