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Creativity and Compassion with Mitra Mark Power: Finding the mind of kindness in art and everyday perceptions. Saturday and Sunday, March 17/18, 2018



Join us for a weekend of meditation, presentation, reflection, and also enjoy creative exercises of body, mind, and emotion.

On Saturday we’ll include a visit to a local artist’s cooperative – making our practice interactive. Themes will include: meaning and purpose; “How is my life aligned with compassion?”; compassion for self and for “other”; sense-perception as a shortcut to compassion; and creativity as the heart of transformation.

Our exploration will continue Sunday with time to unpack our experiences, create visual representations, enjoy a dvd presentation, and to share our own creative enterprises.


Participants should bring a couple of magazines they find inspiring but don’t mind cutting up and a few crayons or coloured pencils (extras for those who forget are always appreciated). You may want a journal and pen. Also, please come prepared to walk a block or so from the Nalandabodhi center to a local gallery space on Saturday afternoon.

We will have a sangha dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday evening after the teaching. Participants will gather at the King’s Cafe at 6:30 pm to enjoy a meal together. Let us know if you plan to join the group.


Mark Power began his practice of the dharma in the late 1970s and has studied under the tutelage of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1993. Following two decades of work as a professional chaplain, Mark became a certified executive and life coach in 2014. He is also partner and chief development officer of Awareness Enabled Life Positioning, a personal and professional development company in China and North America. Mark currently serves as Dean of the Mitra Council of Nalandabodhi (Mitra is a term for senior teachers appointed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche). He facilitates workshops emphasizing mindfulness, compassion and creativity in daily life—the Nalandabodhi Path of Mindful Activity. Mark lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with Marion, his wife of 35 years.


Join us at Nalandabodhi Toronto 174 Spadina Ave (at Queen), Suite 506

9:30 – 5:00 March 17 (Doors open at 9:00 for registration) and 

9:30 – 4:30 March 18 (Doors open for meditation practice at 9:30 and we ask that all participants be in place before Mitra Mark begins at 10:00)

The price for the weekend:

The cost of the weekend is $90-$150 sliding scale; select the amount that is commensurate with your circumstances. Financial resources should not be an impediment to practice, however. Please email the registrar, Barbara Leonard, to arrange your fee should the sliding scale prove a challenge.

PLEASE register in advance so we can plan accurately; email Barbara Leonard baraleon@yahoo.ca to register for the weekend.

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The Myth of the Self


Imagine standing on a scenic mountain peak and looking out at the world in all directions without any obstructions.

These days, if we see someone behaving selfishly, we might say they’re “being egotistical.” If someone thinks you have a really “big ego,” they may even post a blog calling you an “egomaniac.” From the standpoint of our mental health, it’s important to have self-esteem or what some psychologists call “a healthy ego.”

So when we’re talking with our friends and mention our “ego,” what do we mean?

From a Buddhist point of view, the ego is something made up by the mind. It’s the sense of self — a flash of “I” or “me” that we believe in and cling to. It’s the basis of our feeling of self-importance. It’s a story, a myth of self that we keep telling ourselves.

That “self” is the center of our universe. No matter what we’re doing, our actions always come from, and reflect back to our sense of self-consciousness.  This ego-self we cling to is the source of most of our problems. Wherever we get hung up in pain and confusion, there we’ll find the ego.

The Buddha taught that the root cause of our suffering—ignorance—is what gives rise to this tendency to “cling.”


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2017 Winter Retreat is Coming!

Please join us for Nalandabodhi’s 2017 East Coast Winter Retreat! Start the New Year with fresh insight and a fresh mind.Nalandabodhi-East-Coast-Winter-Retreat-2017.v1

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Introduction to Buddhism

2017 For post Oct 10, Intro poster for email & web

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How to Be Kind to Difficult People



We have so many concepts about others, and sometimes even before we know that person, we’ve already given them this label: “Difficult.” It’s like a big tag they’re wearing whenever we see them. So I think what’s obstructing us from dealing with them is our prejudgments and preconceptions about who they are. We have so many thoughts about them even before we get to know them. In a sense, this may make you less able to deal with a “difficult” person. And actually, if you take a closer look, it may turn out that the difficult person is you.

Whenever we have a biased view, there’s a big problem, right? When we look at someone with a negative view, a negative bias, then we only see this huge, negative quality of this person––nothing positive. When we’re having a difficult time in our relationship with a partner, for example, we begin to see only the negative side. “His desk is always a mess,” “She’s always late,” and things like that. But in reality, that person has both negative and positive qualities. We magnify one side of that person or another at different times. When we’re first falling in love with someone, we only see the positive. We don’t see anything negative about them at all. Isn’t that nice?


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