Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism

Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism
By Anne Klein and Harvey Aronson, teachers and co-directors of Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism
About this podcast
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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Latest episodes
Feb. 16, 2018
Episode 2: In this teaching Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma explains that both sutric and tantric methods of Buddhist practice help us to recognize our true nature, and they’re profoundly connected.  The distinction between the two is that sutric practice is causal, meaning it’s done to establish the causes of future realization; tantric practice is more a fruitional settling into our true nature as it already exists.
Feb. 6, 2018
Episode 1: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through a process of settling the mind and body.  Then she helps us attend more deeply to our own bodily experiences of waking up from thoughts of past and future; she asks us to feel our breathing and ask ourselves who is breathing.
Jan. 31, 2018
In this special teaching from the archives, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje discusses the ways we tend to go into “zombie” mode, letting habitual tendencies run our lives.  But practice can help us wake up, investigate our usual patterns of behavior, and reconnect with authentic experience.
Jan. 23, 2018
In this vintage teaching from a series on Foundational Practices (Ngondro), Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma notes that practice can begin to erode even the habits we most tightly identify with–but cautions that dharma practice itself can become an expression of our underlying tendencies.  The more we can recognize and trust our own buddha nature, the more we can genuinely wake up out of the habit patterns that used to structure our lives.
Jan. 16, 2018
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.