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Mark Griffin

Spiritual teacher and meditation master

Mark Griffin

Spiritual teacher and meditation master


Mark Griffin, a spiritual teacher in Bhagavan Nityananda’s lineage, transmits the teachings and practices of yoga masters known as siddhas—spiritual adepts who have fully realized their true nature and who have the capacity to transmit the light of awakening to sincere spiritual seekers. He is founding director of the Hard Light Center of Awakening.

Mark was among one of the earliest of Western disciples to receive shaktipat initiation in 1976 from Swami Muktananda, who sought to create a “meditation revolution” by awakening kundalini, the dormant spiritual energy. After years of intense sadhana, or spiritual practice, Griffin entered the profound state of nirvikalpa samadhi and awakened to his true nature.

After Muktananda died, Mark continued to study with Kalu Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa, great Tibetan teachers of the Kaygü tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. He began to teach and transmit shaktipat to sincere seekers, establishing the Hard Light Center of Awakening in 1989 as a vehicle for guiding students through weekly study and practice sessions, daylong meditation intensives, and retreats.

Since 2001, Mark has been leading the Hard Light Center on an annual spiritual pilgrimage to India.

Upcoming Programs

The Spiritual Path and the Dynamics of Awakening

June 21-24, 2018
Thursday - Sunday, 3 nights

You are hard-wired for spiritual evolution; you carry the path to awakening within you. Yogic philosophy proposes that the human form consists of...