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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Episode 4: In this teaching, Anne and Harvey both offer their wisdom on a key Buddhist doctrine: no-self. They share their own examples of moments when the idea of our “self” — something we usually take completely for granted — was called into question, opening the possibility for experiencing a sense of not knowing what […]
Episode 3: In this guided meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through settling into the support of the earth and of our body, then opening to a spacious state. Then she prompts us to notice thoughts of “I” and “mine” and to wonder whom those thoughts refer to. If we don’t find an answer, […]
Episode 2: In the first teaching of this new series, Anne and Harvey both weigh in on its significant themes: that our true nature is already perfect; that love and wisdom feed each other; and that we reach nonduality not through tuning out the world around us but by noticing and attending deeply to what […]
Episode 1: Join us for the first meditation of our new series! Anne C. Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins this practice by guiding us to settle the mind in the body and breath, then connect with a moment of deep love. We then imagine magnifying that love, feeling it reflected to us by a figure (perhaps […]
Episode 9: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through settling into our posture, into our deep abdomen. Then we imagine an orb above our heads that draws in all positivity, love, and kindness, which then descends through our body, and we close with an AH.
Episode 8: In this special guest teaching, Lama Tenzin Samphel touches on some of the key themes of the series: our mind is naturally free of dualism and grasping, yet we don’t know how to recognize our pure nature. We train in decreasing our harmful actions and increasing our inclination toward helping ourselves and others […]
Episode 7: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through relaxing into the supportive power of the earth, settling deeply into that support and into the stillness of our own mind. The meditation closes as we feel an OM illuminating the heart center.
Episode 6: In the Q&A following Anne’s teaching on gratitude, compassion, and the four boundless states, she and Harvey answer student questions addressing, among other topics, different religious traditions’ stories of generosity, the possibility of giving too much and regretting your gift, and generosity less as a transaction and more as the willingness to help […]
Episode 5: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma encourages us to turn from the face we present the world and recognize our truest, deepest nature through practice. Later in the teaching, she turns to the four boundless states and the six perfections as qualities that can emerge when we know and trust our own […]
Episode 2: In the first teaching of the series, Anne C. Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma introduces the central theme of our true buddha-nature being covered by our habit patterns. Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths explain how we cover our deepest, already-wonderful nature with constricted senses of self.
Episode 1: This new series kicks off with an introduction to the series and a meditation led by Anne C. Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma. We rest in the deep belly (dan t’ien in Chinese) and relax into the clarity of our own mind, experienced as an orb of light containing the sound OM.
Episode 5: In the final episode of this mini-series, Harvey walks us through the actual experience of doing Vajrasattva practice: what we imagine happening, the verses we recite, and the states of mind we aspire to cultivate. You can download the Dawn Mountain prayer book here: http://dawnmountain.org/prayers/ (You’ll find the Vajrasattva practice starting on p. […]