On the About page of this blog, I mentioned meeting Anam Thubten Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master, at a daylong retreat more than a decade ago. As I have done as often as possible since then, I attended a daylong retreat with Anam in September, an event he cohosted with Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, another master in his tradition.
I enjoyed Chowang Rinpoche’s teaching that day, and picked up a copy of his book Our Pristine Mind, which I have read twice. It’s an outstanding introduction and guide to the meditation practice that is the focus of my own efforts.
The core of this practice is described by analogy to the sky. When all the events that fill the sky with clouds or smoke or lightning, storms, smog, jet trails and so on – when all these changing events vanish, we’re left with something unchanging, luminous, and clear.
Similarly, masters like Anam and Orgyen teach that when all the events – moods, beliefs, emotions, depression, anger, confusion, fade from our minds, we discover our unchanging nature of luminous, spacious, awareness.
It requires an experienced guide to help us see this however, for the same reason that we need a mirror to see our own eyes – our pristine mind, like our eyes, is so close that we will miss it without some help.
Chowang Rinpoche’s book, online and in-person teachings are profoundly effective “pointing out instructions.” as they are called in this tradition.
His organization, The Pristine Mind Foundation, is offering a 100 day meditation challenge to start the New Year. It is free, and will include weekly teachings and guidance from January 1 through April 9. Simply click on the link above and scroll down until you see the information on the 100 Day Meditation Challenge.
I am delighted to be able to pass along such a valuable and accessible practice that has made and continues to make a profound difference in my own life!