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Date & Time Details: Friday, May 20, 2022: 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p. m. AST

Location: Online at Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral RdTatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0Tel: 902 657 9085

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(Online) The Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar: Songs of Realization and Pith Instructions

With Mark Nowakowski

May 20 - 22, 2022

“…Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo was a great scholar who later became a mahasiddha. Looking into the future, he saw that in 1958 and 1959 the situation would become very difficult. He saw that Buddhism would come under attack and that many people would experience great hardship. He saw that Dharma practitioners would face many obstacles. He gave these profound instructions so that they would not be harmed by these difficulties and so that they would not suffer. “

— Thrangu Rinpoche, Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar, p. 5

Note: This is a hybrid program. You will be joining the group gathered at Dorje Denma Ling.

During this weekend retreat, we will hear, contemplate, and meditate on the pith instructions of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo, one of the main teachers of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will use the newly translated and published shorter texts of his mind instructions: Songs of Realization & Pith Instructions.

Who Should Attend

This retreat is open to tantrikas from all lineages, who have received the pointing-out instructions.

What to Expect

We will begin with an introduction to the life and times of Khenpo Gangshar and his teachings, and review the method of contemplation we will adopt. This method has been used in Halifax for the past 20 years by the Pith Instructions Contemplation Group.

Over the course of the weekend, Mark will give five teachings with Q&A discussion sessions, and lead four 90-minute practice sessions. There will be specific instructions on how to use Khenpo Gangshar’s mind instructions, and you may also meditate with your daily practice of sitting, ngondro, or sadhana.

How to Purchase the Text

The text is now available for purchase from the Nalanda Translation Committee (NTC) website at

If you wish to have Mark bring your copy with him to DDL, when ordering, you need to check “Local Pickup” and fill in the NTC address as your shipping address: 1619 Edward Street, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H3H9. Please add a note: “For Mark to bring to DDL.”

Online Schedule

The participant schedule for those joining via Zoom is listed below in Atlantic Time. If this is not your time zone, you can check for times for your region here: Time Zone Converter.

Friday May 20
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ADT
Introductory talk on Khenpo Gangshar and his life and times with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Saturday May 21
9:00 am to 12:30 ADT
9:00-10:30 — Practice
10:30-11:00 — Break
11:00-12:30 — Teaching with Q&A Discussion

2:30 pm to 6:30 ADT
2:30-4:00 — Teaching with Q&A Discussion
4:00 – 4:30 — Break
4:30-6:30 — Practice & Protectors

Sunday May 22
9:00 am to 12:30 ADT
9:00-10:30 — Practice
10:30-11:00 — Break
11:00-12:30 — Teaching with Q&A Discussion

2:30 pm to 5:30 ADT
2:30-3:30 — Teaching with Q&A Discussion
3:30-4:00 — Break
4:00-5:30 — Practice & Closing


Suggested Tuition: CA$120

Generosity Policy applies. You will the have the option of applying a discount of up to 50% on the Registration Page. Should you need additional financial assistance, please contact our Finance Manager at [email protected].


Mark Nowakowski
Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He currently studies with other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is particularly inspired by the works of Chögyam Trungpa and his teacher Khenpo Gangshar. He coordinated the translation and recent publication of Khenpo Gangshar’s Songs of Realization and Pith Instructions. Mark is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and a senior teacher in the Shambhala mandala.
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