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
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.
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.