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Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A Tibetan Buddhist master shows how to pull away the veil of preconceived notions of ourselves and the world in order to find true happiness.

In this effective, jargon-free guide to the apex of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, Orgyen Chowang empowers us to gradually experience our mind as pure awareness--free from the feelings, thoughts, and other mental events that obscure its
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Shambhala (first published April 12th 2016)
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Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Orgyen Chowang’s book “Our Pristine Mind” has left a lasting impact on how I perceive the world and my own thoughts and feelings. This is THE BOOK that can trigger a change in your life leading to happiness and contentment. It did for me.

It feels like a book that you could pick up again and again and read cover to cover and it gives advice that feels almost too honest at times. When I read through short portions describing how thoughts have power because we pay attention to them, I thought “thi
Paul Lagrotteria
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone.
Rarely does a book speak in such a fresh, intimate and inspiring manner. Where we immediately feel more alive as a result of reading even just a few pages. The great meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche has provided us with a truly great gift- a complete guidebook that clearly illuminates the endless benefits of re-connecting to the inherent wisdom and brilliance of our pristine minds through the path of meditation. The author celebrates the fact that the true nature of our minds is brillia ...more
Lou Vincent
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In his Preface, Orgyen Chowang states his ambitious goal in writing Our Pristine Mind: To create "A guide to the entire path of meditation in one book..." Then, over the course of this slim, but powerful offering, he accomplishes all that and more. In clear, straightforward language, he shares wisdom that is simple, yet profound. Those who have achieved perfect enlightenment may find little that is new in this book. For all the rest of us who are somewhat short of that goal, Our Pristine Mind is ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meditation
After doing a lot of Vipassana meditation, I got interested in Tibetan meditation and Dzogchen in particular. My practice so far has been largely shaped by "pragmatic Dharma" teachers such as John Yates (The Mind Illuminated) or Daniel Ingram (Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha). I've read a few times that learning Dzogchen meditation kind of requires a teacher and can not easily be learned from a book, so I was excited when I read a review of this book that compared it with TMI and MCTB ...more
John O'reilly
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on advanced meditation practice.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very good beginners book for the understanding and practice of dzogchen. Clearly written for the western minded reader.
Saraha Nyingma
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Our Pristine Mind is a unique and wonderful book with a very unusual, deliberate and organic structure. Starting with the stylized lotus designs on its front and back covers unfolding to make a flower whole, and the telling first word “Our” in the book’s title, it is very rich and deliberate and needs to be read from beginning to end.

Buddhist teachings need to be understood in the context of Buddhist practice. Buddhist practice needs to be understood in terms of the state and nature of our minds
Charles Goldman
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so rare and special. Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche writes with enormous compassion and objectivity, and has no hesitation to say exactly like it really is, how our minds work and what we can do to transform from the ups and downs of life to the steady bliss of real wareness. No grand literary flourishes, no esoteric poetry, no confusing mysticism -- instead, cut-to-the-heart insight and clear, simple instructions to embark on the most profound mind and life changing practice. And it's not ...more
Smitha Murthy
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
What a beautiful book. There is much to learn from this book. Yet, I found that the author pretty much repeats for 50 pages the wonderful glory of the Pristine Mind. I found the practical instruction fairly minimal. What do you mean? I should open my eyes and gaze? I found my eyes watering when I did so, and I wasn't sure if that was the right way. The philosophy is beautiful and something I needed to imbibe.
Madhur Ahuja
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book on meditation and mindfulness.
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“The joy of meditation is realization that is free from mental events, distractions, and dullness of mind. The joy of compassion is impartiality free from bias or prejudice. The joy of experience is one’s own Pristine Mind, free from distortions. The joy of generosity is freedom from the grasp of attachment and expectation. The joy of wealth is to realize that all possessions are illusions. If you know your own true nature, there’s no restlessness. This is effortless joy.” 1 likes
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