Mitra Mark Power
Mitra Mark was born in New Hampshire. He has been a student of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 30 years, beginning his journey with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, then continuing with Rinpoche’s Western dharma successor, Osel Tendzin.
Mark is a chaplain and palliative care consultant at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His educational background is experiential: he has largely trained in service, administrative and ministerial roles in the context of the Buddhist communities in which he has been a member. Mark received a Masters of Divinity equivalent through the Association of Professional Chaplains as a prerequisite for professional certification. 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.
In 1993 Mark began studying under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and has worked with Rinpoche and the Nalandabodhi community as an administrator and as a member of the Mitra Council (the council of Western teachers for Nalandabodhi). Within the Nalandabodhi Paths of Study and Meditation, Mark facilitates discussions highlighting mindfulness and compassion in daily life. He currently serves on the Karma Sangha Board of Directors for Nalandabodhi. In his work on the Mitra Council, Mark leads the development of the Nalandabodhi Path of Activity courses.
Mark lives in Seattle, Washington. He and his wife, Marion, have two adult daughters, Cynthia and Katherine.
The “Mitra” title: In 2005, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche empowered a group of his long-time students to be senior teachers of Nalandabodhi. He gave each of them the title Mitra, which is drawn from the Sanskrit term Kalyanamitra, “spiritual friend.” The Mitras guide Nalandabodhi’s three paths of Study, Meditation, and Mindful Activity and teach throughout the world.