Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

by Orgyen Chowang
Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness

by Orgyen Chowang


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This “gem of a book” reveals how we can go beyond mindfulness to connect with the ultimate happiness within us and transform our lives (Rick Hanson, Buddha’s Brain)

The true nature of our mind is brilliant, clear, and joyful. But we don’t experience this reality amid the swirl of stresses, thoughts, and emotions of day-to-day life. Our Pristine Mind is a practical guide to uncovering our naturally comfortable state of mind and reconnecting with the unconditional happiness that is already within us. Using straightforward, accessible language, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche leads us through the path of Pristine Mind meditation, a practice from the profound teachings known as Dzogchen. This book presents the entire journey of meditation, from the very beginning all the way to the complete happiness of enlightenment. It is a realistic, natural process that can be practiced and experienced by anyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611803273
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition, has a passion for pre­senting teachings in a practical and experiential way for modern audiences. His primary teacher was Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the last century. A long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation. For more information, visit www.pristinemind.org.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Pristine Mind: Our Fundamental Nature

1 The Beauty of Pristine Mind 9

The Poor Man and the Treasure 9

The True Nature of Our Mind 11

2 The Eclipse of Pristine Mind 15

Mental Events 15

Primordial Fear 18

The Ego 23

3 From Discontent to Fulfillment 30

The Search for Comfort Zones 32

4 Turning the Mind coward Enlightenment 35

5 Finding Happiness Within 38

Part 2 Realization: Revealing Our Pristine Mind

6 The First Aspect of Realization: Who We Really Are 43

Calming the Mind 43

The Runway to Pristine Mind 44

Guided Meditation: The Realization of Pristine Mind 46

7 The Second Aspect of Realization: Who We Are Not 53

Thoughts and Emotions Are Like Clouds in the Sky 53

Mental Events Are Like Internal Demons 54

A Change in Attitude Gives Us a Choice 57

Changing Our Mental Diet 59

Clearing Our Mental Clutter 60

Attention: The Power Source of Mental Events 63

Freedom from the Chains of Beliefs 66

8 The Third Aspect of Realization: Mental Events Are Illusions 68

Looking Closely at the Nature of Thoughts and Emotions 70

The Power of Illusions 75

9 The Significance of Realization 77

Nirvana Is Here 77

Sudden and Gradual Realization 79

A Cure-All 80

True Human Experience 81

Part 3 Meditation: The Journey Deeper into Pristine Mind

10 Going Beyond Mindfulness 85

Mindfulness Meditation 85

The Purpose of Pristine Mind Meditation 89

11 Guided Meditation: The Experience of Pristine Mind 92

Driving the Pristine Mind Highway 95

Leave Your Mind Alone 96

An Ego-Free Zone 98

Cruising Altitude 99

A Boundless Experience 100

12 Experiences and Obstacles in Meditation 102

Noise Passes through Your Awareness 102

Calm and Clear 104

Hazy Mind 106

Do Not Linger Over Mental Events 107

Overcoming Obstacles in Meditation 108

Don't Give Up 110

The Growing Gap between Mental Events 112

13 Beyond the Cushion 114

Pristine Mind in Daily Life 115

14 Receiving the Benefits of Meditation 117

From Addiction to Contentment 117

Understanding "the View" 118

Fantastic Bodies and Difficult Minds 119

Applying Meditation in the Midst of Difficulties 121

There Is No Resistance in the Present Moment 122

The Place and Time for Meditation 123

Dying with Pristine Mind 124

Part 4 A Good Heart: The Companion to Pristine Mind

15 Three Principles: Realization, Meditation, and a Good Heart 129

Our World Is Colored by Our Mind 130

Four Components of a Good Heart 131

We Are All on the Same Flight 132

16 True Love 135

Romantic Love 136

A Truly Open Mind 138

17 Compassion 140

Not Just during a Crisis 140

Seeing Others' Needs 143

Compassion Is Courageous, Strong, and Patient 143

Letting Go Is Compassion 145

18 Rejoicing 147

19 Impartiality 149

20 The Benefits of a Good Heart 151

The Source of All Positive Qualities 152

A Good Heart and Marriage 154

The Student-Teacher Connection 155

Education and a Good Heart 157

Living Fully 158

Part 5 Enlightenment: Fully Awakened Pristine Mind

21 What Is Enlightenment 163

The Conditions for Enlightenment 163

The Four Stages of Awakening 164

22 The First Stage of Awakening 167

23 The Second Stage of Awakening 170

Transformation and Liberation 171

Knowing Our Internal Weather 173

24 The Third Stage of Awakening 175

Becoming Friends with Our Mental Events 175

Wind Blowing through Empty Space 177

Mastery of Our Mind 178

Enjoying Our Mental Events 178

Unconditional Happiness 179

The Healthy Way of Enjoying Sense Pleasures 181

25 The Fourth Stage of Awakening 186

Completely Perfect Enlightenment 186

Enlightened Mind Is Real Mind 187

Undistorted Perception 189

A Healthy Sense of Self 190

The Passing of an Enlightened Being 191

The Only Safe Place 191

Authentic Faith and Devotion 191

Homage to Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava 195

Acknowledgments 197

About the Author 199

About Pristine Mind Foundation 200

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