Mitra Dean Mark Power

Mark-Power-medMitra Mark has been a student of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 40 years, beginning his journey with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his Western dharma successor Osel Tendzin.

In 1993 Mark began studying with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and over the years has worked with Rinpoche and the Nalandabodhi community in a variety of leadership and support roles – administratively and as a teacher (Mitra). Mark’s focus is the intersection of awareness and compassion in daily life, as highlighted in the Nalandabodhi Path of Mindful Activity. Mitra Mark currently serves as Dean of the Mitra Council.

Professionally, Mark worked for many years as a chaplain and palliative care consultant in hospital and hospice settings. In 2014 he shifted the focus of his career to personal and executive coaching and currently works with partners in China and the US developing programs that integrate mindful-awareness and altruism with business leadership skills.

Mark lives in Red Hook, New York. 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.