A weekend retreat with Tibetan meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will focus on the central meditation practice of the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" and will teach people ways to apply these techniques to improve their own lives, and deaths.

Rinpoche's teachings get "in touch with people in a way that they can really apply to improve their lives," said Josh Godine, president of the San Francisco Bay Area's Atiamrita, an organization founded by Rinpoche that is dedicated to promoting happiness, inner peace and enlightenment.

Attendees will learn a "very accessible form of meditation practice," he said, and will be better able to achieve peace of mind in relating to everyday challenges, stresses and anxieties.

Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition. He began his studies at age 14 at Larung Gar In Serta, in eastern Tibet, with teacher Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche.

If you go

• What: Talks by Tibetan meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche.

• When and where: Free introductory talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. Teachings from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Pavilion, 3705 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road. There is a suggested donation of $25 per two-hour session.

• To learn more, log on at www.arizonafriendsoftibet.org.