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Date & Time Details: Arrive Friday, May 20 by 5 pm Atlantic. Dinner at 6:30. Depart Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Atlantic

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

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

Dan Schreibman
[email protected]

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The Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar: Songs of Realization and Pith Instructions

With Mark Nowakowski

May 20 - 22, 2022

Note: This is a hybrid program. You will be joined by participants connecting via Zoom.

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.”


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 Atlantic
Introductory talk on Khenpo Gangshar and his life and times with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Saturday May 21
9:00 am to 12:30 Atlantic
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 Atlantic
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 Atlantic
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 Atlantic
2:30-3:30 — Teaching with Q&A Discussion
3:30-4:00 — Break
4:00-5:30 — Practice & Closing


Suggested Tuition: CA$120
Meal Service: $40
Accommodations: Additional. Please see the Registration Page for a list of options.

Generosity Policy Applies

If you require a discount on the Tuition portion of this retreat. Please email Dan Schreibman at [email protected] and indicate the amount you are able to offer for Tuition.

If you are requesting a discount on Tuition greater that 50%, 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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