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.
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.
Oct. 31, 2017
Episode 11: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma returns to the image of the universe as a net of jewels, each reflecting every other jewel. In the same way, each of us reflects and is connected with all other beings. She closes by describing ultimate reality as “dynamized space,” the dance of emptiness that is the source of everything that arises.
Oct. 24, 2017
Episode 10: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through a process of natural relaxation and resting in the breath. Then we turn our attention to our sensory experiences, gently searching for a “self” in each of them, and as we don’t find the self we thought we had, we can open to compassion for all beings who are in the same over-reified situation.
Oct. 11, 2017
Episode 9: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma reminds us that recognizing our similarities with other people helps to break down our strongly felt sense of separation from others. By reflecting on how we’re all connected by the food we eat, the air we breathe, and so much more, we can cultivate a spacious compassion that opens to wisdom.
Sept. 26, 2017
Episode 8: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through connecting with the earth and our own bodies, and then she invites us to open our eyes and expand our frame of awareness into the room. The meditation closes with wishing happiness and freedom from suffering for all living beings.
Sept. 19, 2017
Episode 7: This teaching is the second part of last week’s episode; this time Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma revisits the classic text The Questions of King Milinda [Menander], updating the discussion of where a “chariot” is found among all its pieces to consider a “Mercedes.” The Q&A that follows contains so many rich teaching moments that we’ve included it, too.
Sept. 12, 2017
Episode 6: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje opens this teaching by emphasizing that both compassion and wisdom undermine our usual sense of dualism: that we’re separate from the world in some concrete way, that we’re separate from those around us (and more deserving of our own concern). Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma adds that both approaches–wisdom and compassion–help us remove our outer coverings of identity to discover who we truly are.
Sept. 5, 2017
Bonus episode: In this special teaching offered on the first Sunday of September (and the first time Dawn Mountain was open again after Hurricane Harvey), Lama Harvey teaches about the importance of being kind with ourselves and experiencing the freshness that a devastating natural disaster like this can bring.
Aug. 31, 2017
Episode 5: In this meditation, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje guides us into a relaxed and centered state through a simple breathing exercise followed by a short body scan. The main portion of this meditation is an explanation of labeling our various types of experience (sight, sound, thought, etc.) and then practicing that silently.