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

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In this talk, meditation master and author Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche presents instruction and guided meditation based on his book Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness. He introduces us to a unique type of meditation called Pristine Mind meditation, and explains how living with a Pristine Mind transforms every area of our lives.

When our minds are polluted and distorted, we feel stressed, overwhelmed, and fearful. Living with a polluted mind is not healthy or comfortable. Therefore, how do we live with a Pristine Mind and what is that experience like?

Just as we can enjoy pristine water or a pristine environment, we can enjoy the experience of our Pristine Mind. When our mind is pristine, it is in a completely stress-free state and happiness is present all the time. Our happiness is no longer conditional. It is unconditional and comes from within.

This event took place on March 16th, 2017 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

Orgyen Chowang: “Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness” | Talks at Google

About Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is an author and meditation master in the Dzogchen lineage of the Buddhist tradition, and is the founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation. For more information, please visit

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche: Pristine Mind – Book Review

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

A Tibetan Buddhist master shows us how to go beyond mindfulness to journey deep into ultimate happiness and transform every area of our lives.

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.


“A beautiful and potentially life-altering book. The teachings here, at once ancient and revolutionary, are offered with astonishing frankness, clarity, and affection. I felt myself improved by my first read and will be going back to read it again at once.” – George Saunders, New York Times best-selling author of Tenth of December and Lincoln in the Bardo

“This beautiful book feels like a life-changing conversation with a dear friend who happens to be a wise and compassionate Tibetan teacher. Always clear and encouraging, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche helps us experience the inherently spacious and peaceful nature of the mind—like being the sky, untroubled and undamaged by whatever storm clouds pass through it. He is plain spoken, practical, and profound. A gem of a book.” – Rick Hanson, PhD, New York Times best-selling author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha’s Brain

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