Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche - "Our Pristine Mind"

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche discusses Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness.

At the Co-op


About the book: 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 true nature. Using simple language, he provides precise, experiential instructions that make this life-transforming realization attainable for all, whether we are just seeking a happier life or are pursuing the spiritual journey all the way to enlightenment.

The next step beyond mindfulness: With widespread awareness of the benefits of mindfulness, many meditators wonder what is the next step beyond a peaceful mind and the "power of now." The answer is Pristine Mind meditation, which reveals our true mind in its innate perfection--an experience so profound that it transforms every aspect of life.

Tested method with wide appeal: Orgyen Chowang has taught Pristine Mind meditation to thousands of students in seven countries. Having tested his presentation for more than ten years, he has found that even people without any background in Buddhism, spirituality, or meditation can benefit from these transformative teachings.

Easy but not oversimplified: Nothing has been modified or oversimplified for Westerners. Pristine Mind teaches the same authentic tradition that Tibetans learn, only it is phrased in straightforward English that anyone can understand.

About the author: Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Dzogchen lineage of the Buddhist tradition with a particular passion for presenting these teachings in a practical and experiential way for a modern audience. He studied for nine years with his teacher, Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century. After completing his studies and receiving the khenpo degree, the highest degree of Buddhist study and practice, he spent several years teaching lamas, monks, and Western students at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, a large monastery in Nepal. During that time, he received additional advanced instructions from the renowned teachers Tulku Urg yen Rin-poche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

Since 1995, Rinpoche has lived in the United States. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is the founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation. He conducts retreats and offers teachings throughout the United States and around the world, for a broad range of audiences, including business and technology professionals, parents, children, health-care providers, psychologists, spiritual seekers, and yoga practitioners. His teachings are also available online through live streams and recordings. For information about studying with Rinpoche, including his schedule of teachings, please visit

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637