Anne C. Klein, PhD, and Harvey B. Aronson, PhD, are the co-founders of Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism in Houston, Texas. Drawing from more than 80 years of combined experience studying with great lamas, translating written and spoken Tibetan, and practicing and teaching around the world, they offer guided meditations and teachings rooted in Tibetan Buddhist traditions that are accessible to modern Western students of the dharma. Now you can enjoy meditating with them and with the Dawn Mountain community! For more about Dawn Mountain, visit dawnmountain.org.
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Episode 21: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma connects refuge and compassion. We have to know what suffering is in order to seek genuine refuge from it, and when we recognize our own suffering, that connects us with the suffering of all others.
Jan. 10, 2018
Episode 20: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje discusses refuge as a basic practice that informs the most profound practices, allowing us to apprentice to teachers (the Buddha or Guru Rinpoche) who have figured out better ways to cope with suffering. The practice of taking refuge involves body, speech, and mind resonating with the imagined field of all the teachers in whom we take refuge.
Jan. 3, 2018
Episode 19: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje guides this meditation, which begins with accepting the support of the earth itself and the alignment of the body. Deeper in the meditation, Harvey asks us to recall a time when we felt delight in a person, place, or thing, remembering in the body what that was like.
Dec. 19, 2017
Episode 18: In this teaching, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje reminds us that Dzogchen practice includes everything–samsara and nirvana–and both contrived and uncontrived practice are necessary in this path. We can support our contrived practices (like cultivating compassion step by step) by feeling connected to the blessings of our practice lineage and by trusting our own buddha nature.
Dec. 12, 2017
Episode 17: In this brief meditation, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje guides us through feeling and accepting the support of our seat, our spine, and our central energetic channel. Then we rest our attention on the breath at the center of the abdomen. (Note: There is some feedback at a certain point in this episode.)
Dec. 5, 2017
Episode 16: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje delivers the second part of the teaching started in last week’s episode featuring Anne. He delivers variations on the theme of freshness: how digging deeply into suffering (our own and others’) can cultivate both wisdom and compassion, hence the Easter passion; how a nondual flow state can result from very precise attention, hence the knitting.
Nov. 29, 2017
Episode 15: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma reflects on the different intensities of compassion and reminds us that cultivating bodhichitta involves both deepening our commitment to alleviate others’ suffering and also recognizing more subtle levels of suffering. She closes by underscoring the connection between wisdom and compassion: the clearer our mind becomes as we cultivate wisdom, the more freely compassion can flow through that mind.
Nov. 22, 2017
Episode 14: Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins this meditation by directing us to connect with our three supports: the earth’s support, our own skeletal structure, and our body’s alignment. Then she guides us to imagine a luminous and healing orb (which is actually not separate from us) above the crown of the head and allow its light to flow gently through us.
Nov. 17, 2017
Episode 13: Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins this teaching by reminding us that a mistaken sense of duality doesn’t just separate us from others; it actually separates us from our own deepest nature. Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje closes the episode with a pithy teaching on the relationship between making effort in our practice and noticing moments of fruition when they unfold.
Nov. 8, 2017
Episode 13: Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins this meditation with settling and accepting the support of the earth. Then, supported by a spacious orb of light at our heart center, we practice sending loving energy to others and relieving them of suffering.