PoMA Here and Now Workshop Series (*times are US Pacific*)

Sun., October 18, 2020 - Mon., January 25, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Akasha Online

This weekly 30-minute series begins at 3 pm Pacific Time. Mitra Mark Power opened this series of workshops that offer simple practices for embodying the view and extending our meditation’s reach. The Path of Mindful Activity supports our aspiration to be fully present, with positive motivation, in each moment—yes, even this one! You can see your time zones here.

Other workshop leaders will include Midori Nakamura, Genko Kathy Blackman, Rosemary Bakker, Diane Crawford, and Ellen Balzé. Join us for a few sessions or many. When you register, you will receive access to both the live event and to recordings of all workshops in the series. All are welcome!

    10/18:  Introduction to PoMA, Pt. 1

    (Mitra Mark Power)
    10/25:  Awakening through Kindness in Work Practice and Everyday Life (Midori Nakamura)
    11/1:  Introduction to PoMA, Pt. 2
    (Mitra Mark Power)
    11/8:  What Mindfulness Allows, Pt. 1
    (Midori Nakamura)
    11/22:  What Mindfulness Allows, Pt. 2
    (Midori Nakamura)
    11/29:  SOJI: The Art of Care, Pt. 1
    (Genko Kathy Blackman)
    12/6:  SOJI: The Art of Care, Pt. 2
    (Genko Kathy Blackman)
    12/13:  Joyful Living during Uncertain Times, Pt. 1
    (Rosemary Bakker)
    12/20:  Joyful Living during Uncertain Times, Pt. 2
    (Rosemary Bakker)
    12/27:  Transitions and Nowness
    (Mitra Mark Power)
    ***No Workshop 1/3: East Coast Winter Retreat***
    1/10: Seeds of Sacred Outlook, Pt. 1
    (Ellen Balzé)
    1/17: Seeds of Sacred Outlook, Pt. 2
    (Ellen Balzé)
    1/24: Hearing from You
    (Participants, PoMA core team)
    As we pause the workshop series so we can prepare for the next round of workshops, the PoMA team welcomes your:
  • Questions about the Path of Mindful Activity that future workshops could address
  • Comments about any element of the series so far, including what’s been helpful
  • Ideas for future workshops
  • Challenges that you encounter on your own PoMA path

Please note:  Diane Crawford’s workshop sessions “Listen Deep” will be offered when the series re-starts.


Mitra Mark Power has been a student of the Dharma for several decades and has studied with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since the early 1990s. Over the years, Mark served in a variety of leadership and service roles within Nalandabodhi. In 2005, he was appointed as a teacher (Mitra) and made a member of the Mitra Council where his focus is the Path of Mindful Activity — the intersection of dharma and daily life.


Midori Nakamura has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2006 and currently serves as a member of the core Path of Mindful Activity team. She is excited to share the joy of service and how the ordinary activities of work, relationships, and home life are all part of a dharma path. She brings to the Path of Mindful Activity her role as a DPR Office staff member and her Japanese tea ceremony studies.


Rosemary Bakker became a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2004 and in 2014 began working with the Mitra Council to expand the Path of Mindful Activity. Rosemary is an interior designer and gerontologist and hosts a Nalandabodhi practice group in the Hudson Valley, New York.  She is excited about the rich and varied opportunities the Path of Mindful Activity offers, including mindful awareness of daily life in our relationships with each other, the changing seasons, and the environment.


Genko Kathy Blackman is a member of Nalandabodhi, and a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2013. Also a practitioner in the Rinzai Zen tradition since 1983, she is fully ordained in that tradition and teaches at Puget Sound Zen Center, as well as Buddhist groups in the state prison system. When there is time, she enjoys practicing Japanese tea ceremony and gardening.


A student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2015, Ellen Balzé began working with the Core Path of Mindful Activity Team in 2018. She is a clinical psychologist with a background in organizational consulting and in a form of psychotherapy based on Buddhist teachings. Opportunities (and reminders) to pause, relax, and reflect while collaborating with other Nalandabodhi members on retreats and other projects are helping her learn how to go with the flow. She also enjoys baking bread and caring for succulents.

For questions about this event email ellenb@nalandabodhi.org.


Date/Time Date(s) - Sun., October 18, 2020 - Mon., January 25, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location Akasha Online

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