Meet Our Team
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder of freshmind®. Some know him as a GenXer-Rebel Buddha, others as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. However he is known, his warm inclusive humor, kindness and wise teachings that lead to genuine knowledge and a wholehearted engagement in one’s life remain his undisputed hallmark.
Rinpoche is the founder, president and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers. Recognized for launching the kindness initiative #GoKind, Rinpoche is also an author, poet, photographer and visual artist. His books include Rebel Buddha, Emotional Rescue and Mind Beyond Death, among others. For more information, visit his website: dpr.info
Mark is a longtime student of the dharma, and has studied with his teachers Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since the 1990s. He has served in a variety of leadership and service roles within Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers. In 2005, he was appointed as a teacher (Mitra) and became a member of the Mitra Council, establishing the Path of Mindful Activity, a practice that connects the Dharma or teachings of the Buddha with our everyday lives.
Professionally, Mark worked for many years as a chaplain and palliative care consultant in healthcare settings. In 2014, he broadened his focus to include life-transition and executive coaching. Mark has presented programs in the Americas and China designed for personal and professional development, focusing on emotional awareness, self-compassion and creativity as tools for transformation.
Juli Goetz Morser
Daryl Chonka is a musician and producer from Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Having spent the past 30 years playing music professionally, producing concerts and records, and editing videos, Daryl’s role at freshmind® as video editor and audio producer is one that brings him great joy.
He is very happy to be able to use his skills while sharing in the teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, helping to amplify those teachings far and wide with the wonderful freshmind® team.
Barbara Witt is an art director and graphic designer. She finds joy in working on projects from the heart. She has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 2014.