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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.

©2016 Shambhala Publications (P)2017 Orgen Ratna

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  • Heather
  • BURLINGAME, US, Canada
  • 03-01-17

Perfect Meditation Book To Bring You Happiness

What did you love best about Our Pristine Mind?

I read the Book "Our Pristine Mind" and I was waiting for an audio book to be available. It was always something that I thought would be helpful to listen to in a car, while I'm walking, or to complement my meditation practice. I was right! I started listening to it on my commute, and I really feel like it puts my entire day into perspective and gives me a new way to view the world.

What other book might you compare Our Pristine Mind to and why?

I don't think there is a meditation book available today apart from this one that captures the entire end-to-end path of meditation and explains the concepts of enlightenment for a modern audience in a way that is approachable and achievable with practice.

Which scene was your favorite?

The guided meditation was my favorite.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Meditation is not what you think.

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I really think this book helped me discover my untapped potential. I listened to the book as soon as it was available, and I noticed while I was driving or walking how much comfort, peace, and joy I felt from listening to the book. It feels like the type of book I will listen to again and again.

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  • Aumlove
  • Big Island, Hawaii
  • 04-29-17

Profound And Deeply Enriching

Enjoyed the wisdom imparted and the various means by which to attain a pristine mind.
Fred Stella is an excellent reader. Most importantly, the words offer practical methods that can be achieved if one is devoted to the path of enlightenment.

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  • AA
  • Boston, MA USA
  • 09-08-18

Gorgeous moments while listening

This can transfer me to a great state of peace, kind and love, unconditionally ❤️. Love it.

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Best book on meditation I've ever heard

It's a great introduction to Dzogchen in plain language. I be relistening to it regularly, I'm sure!

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  • Nigel
  • Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 06-15-18

Priceless insight

For decades, I have just once in a while slipped into a sublime state - usually when in some encounter with nature. Alongside this, I have from time to time tried to develop a meditation practice, sensing that this was the route to being able to access this sublime state on a more repeatable and regular basis. Achieving that access has so far eluded me. Orgyen's book provides simple and beautiful insight into this connection and how to make it a part of your everyday experience. I realise now that slipping into this state for me is as simple as becoming absorbed in my immediate experience and allowing the distractions of what Orgyen calls "mental events" to fall away to reveal a world of spectacular beauty. After decades of not quite getting meditation, Orgyen has in the space of a couple of listening to this book provided me with a key that I intuitively know will transform my everyday experience and accelerate growth of a much more beautiful way of spending the balance of my life. Orgyen, where were you when I was twenty?!!!