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Orgyen Chowang, author of "Our Pristine Mind; A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness."

Manchester >> The following events are free and open to the public.

• Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.: Northshire Bookstore Manchester A book discussion by Orgyen Chowang - "Our Pristine Mind; A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness." In this book 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.

• Saturday, June 25, 7 p.m.: Northshire Bookstore Manchester A book discussion by mystery author and New England native Paul Doiron for his new book "Widowmaker." When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past. She claims her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted criminal who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that Adam Langstrom is the illegitimate son of Jack Bowditch, Mike's dead and diabolical father. After trying so hard to put his troubled past behind him, Mike is reluctant to revisit the wild country of his childhood and again confront his father's history of violence.


But Amber's desperation and his own need to know the truth make it hard for him to refuse her pleas for help. Mike Bowditch must exorcise the demons of the past before the real- life demons of the present kill him first