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   English    United States

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.
April 19, 2018
Episode 10: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje follows up last episode’s meditation on OM, AH, and HUNG with an explanation of the meaning of those first syllables of Guru Rinpoche’s mantra, a potent reminder of our own real nature.  Often the types of meditation we do when we’re just beginning to practice are more dualistic and contrived than those we find ourselves relaxing into further along the path.
April 13, 2018
Episode 9: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje guides this meditation on the syllables OM, AH, and HUNG, which begin the Guru Rinpoche mantra (and are found in many others as well).  We practice receiving the blessings of the lineage through those syllables, and we also spend some time noticing whether our attention is focused or panoramic, as Harvey explains.
April 2, 2018
Episode 8: Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma teaches about the true meaning of Guru Yoga, a very special practice of central importance to tantra.  Although it might seem that we’re seeking a connection with an external teacher, Guru Yoga ultimately directs us to the true nature of our own mind–the greatest guru of all.
March 21, 2018
Episode 7:  Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje explains what “treasures” are in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and the blessings associated with the Guru Rinpoche treasure practice we did in October.  He also reminds us that Guru Yoga is a special way of connecting intimately with the mind and deepest being of our lama and of our lineage, leading back to our own nature: reality itself.
March 13, 2018
Episode 6: In this special meditation, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje guides us to connect with the earth and follow the energy of the breath.  Then he leads us through an informal Guru Yoga practice, inviting us to imagine him as a conduit for the blessings of the lineage and to feel Guru Rinpoche or an orb of light above our heads.  Finally we sound OM, dissolve to light, and allow our experience to unfold.
March 7, 2018
Episode 5: In this teaching Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje unpacks the basic message of the Uttaratantra (Sublime Continuum): each of us is already a fully-formed buddha, and we practice simply to realize that nature.  He contrasts the approach of sutric practices–that guide us along the steps we need to take to realize our buddha nature–with tantric practices in which we simply relax into our already-buddha-ness.
Feb. 27, 2018
Episode 4: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje guides us through a meditation that begins with settling the mind and resting in the sensation of breathing.  Then he guides us through imagining a person or scene we find inspiring and noticing impact that has on our mind.
Feb. 20, 2018
Episode 3:  In this bonus episode we get a pithy teaching from Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje underscoring that in traditional Asian contexts, knowledge is transmitted as part of a relationship between student and teacher.
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.

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