A Unique Approach
to Spiritual Development

Pointing Out The Great Way combines a strong grounding in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions and the wisdom of their direct transmission lineages. This provides Westerners of all levels with simple, profound and clear access to the deepest spiritual traditions.

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What is Meditation?

Concentration mediation is about taming the mind's wild, reactive nature.

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The POGW Teachings

An ancient way of teaching meditation passed down directly from teacher to student for thousands of years.

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Daniel P. Brown, PhD

Daniel Brown has studied and taught meditation practice for nearly 40 years.

Upcoming Courses

  • Stabilizing Awakening Review
    Aug 14, 8:00 AM PDT – Aug 15, 11:00 AM PDT
    via ZOOM
    This 3-hour course on stabilizing Awakened Awareness will review the natural state, crossing over instructions, and key practices to mix awakened awareness with everyday activities.
  • Level 2 Retreat with Dustin DiPerna
    Aug 22, 2:00 PM PDT – Aug 27, 10:30 PM PDT
  • Living Meditation with Efraim Schwadron
    Aug 31, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
    via Zoom
  • The Stages of Tranquility with Dustin DiPerna
    Sep 02, 8:30 PM PDT – Sep 04, 12:00 PM PDT
    Big Sur, 55000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
    In this weekend meditation retreat, participants will learn all nine stages of Asanga’s Elephant Path. By the conclusion of the retreat, students will have all the instructions necessary to successfully master the nine stages of tranquility.
  • Concentration Review with Dustin DiPerna
    Sep 18, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    via ZOOM
  • Level 3A: Lion's Gaze with Dustin DiPerna
    Sep 19, 7:00 AM PDT – Sep 24, 3:00 PM PDT
    via ZOOM
    This advanced course follows the sNying ma Great Completion teachings of Garab rDorje’s Three Phrases that Strike the Essential Points, and the detailed commentary by Patrul Rinpoche, as translated in Palden Sherab’s and Tsewang Dongyal’s Lion’s Gaze.
  • Level 1 Retreat with Dustin DiPerna
    Oct 10, 2:00 PM PDT – Oct 15, 10:00 PM PDT
    Most students enter the Pointing Out The Great Way community by attending a Level 1 retreat. An entire set of teachings, from the beginning up to a taste of awakening, is included in the Level 1 retreat.
  • Emptiness Review with Dustin DiPerna
    Oct 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    via ZOOM
    This three-hour course will review the ordinary emptiness practices from the Level 1 retreat, including emptiness of self, emptiness of thought, emptiness of emotion, and emptiness of perception.