The entire path to enlightenment, from the beginning stage of an ordinary person all the way through to complete enlightenment, is described in these four precious teachings. The first topic provides a description of how to turn one’s mind toward the path of dharma. The second topic illustrates how to ensure that one’s spiritual practice follows the right path. The third describes how the path of dharma can liberate one from one’s own distortions and negative emotions. The fourth and final topic illustrates how all experiences and distorted states of mind can arise as enlightened awareness.
During these talka, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will elucidate Longchenpa’s version of The Four Precious Topics of Dharma and share experiential insights into applying these profound teachings.
Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition. He studied for nine years at Larung Gar in Serta, Eastern Tibet, with his teacher, Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest Dzogchen meditation masters of the twentieth century. A long-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a Lecturer at Stanford University, the founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation, and the author of Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness. For more information, visit www.pristinemind.org.
A more detailed biography can be found here: https://pristinemind.org/about-us/orgyen-chowang-rinpoche/
Praise for Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche’s book Our Pristine Mind:
George Saunders, recipient of the Man Booker Prize, said the following about Rinpoche’s book Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness:
“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
Rick Hanson provided the following endorsement of Our Pristine Mind:
“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