Living Wide Awake

If we can penetrate and see the reality of our mind, in this very moment, then awakening or Buddhahood is right here. — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

LIVING WIDE AWAKE Course with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Throughout our lifespan, we encounter challenges along the way without clearly understanding how to navigate the ups and downs. In this course, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche provides a map to guide us toward a well-established route. With the tools of meditation and the insight of interdependence, we can travel a more fulfilling pathway through life.

“If we can penetrate and see the reality of our mind, in this very moment, then awakening is right here.”

What is Included

*All courses and meditations are included in paid subscriptions along with all short videos, articles, and quotes. If you wish to become a paid subscriber, please register HERE.

Free subscriptions include the Be Wise, Go Kind, Live Fully course, selected meditations, all short videos, quotes, and articles, with a new video uploaded monthly.

Session 1: Knowing the Map

How do we navigate the joys and sorrows, the confusion of life? We cultivate deep awareness through meditation. It is the first step in working with our mind.

Session 5: Accepting Help

Opening our heart is key to mastering interdependence. We need an open heart to give and receive help from others. Jealousy and pride block us from accepting support and recognizing interdependence.

Session 2: Finding the Way

The second way to work with our mind is through everyday experience. We master our mind through meditation and awareness, yet meditation is not available to everyone. We need other methods to manage our life.

Session 6: Upgrade to Your Full Potential

We are born with the potential to evolve. To actualize our potential, we need to upgrade our current software to the pro-version of life, which includes limitless love, compassion, joy, and kindness.

Session 3: Overcoming Bumps in the Road

We base our lives on the idea of in-dependence, but nothing happens independently. The truth of inter-dependence is the Buddha’s most relevant teaching for working with life experience and for bringing about positive change.

Bonus: Deeper Dive from the Buddhist Perspective

Understanding the nature of interdependence — the isness of all things — makes everything possible.

Session 4: Putting the Pieces Together

The power to overcome challenges ultimately lies within us. It depends upon our understanding of interdependence. Life is like a puzzle. Until we can put the pieces together, we rely on others.

About Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder of freshmind®. Some know him as a Gen Xer-Rebel Buddha, others as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. However he is known, his warm inclusive humor, kindness, and wise teachings that lead to genuine knowledge and a wholehearted engagement in one’s life remain his undisputed hallmark.

Rinpoche is the founder, president, and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers. Recognized for launching the kindness initiative #GoKind, Rinpoche is also an author, poet, photographer, and visual artist. His books include Rebel Buddha, Emotional Rescue, and Mind Beyond Death, among others. For more information, visit his website:

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