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 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. […]
Episode 4: This two-part teaching (with episode 5 as the second part) was so good we had to include it! In this session, Harvey teaches about the value and function of Vajrasattva practice. As part of that teaching, he reflects on how important it is for Western students to distinguish between healthy contrition and neurotic […]
Episode 3: Anne C. Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma leads a practice on Amitabha, the buddha of infinite light. For teachings on Amitabha, see our previous podcast episode. To download the text to chant along with this episode, see http://dawnmountain.org/prayers/.
Episode 2: In this episode, taken from a teaching from our Enlightened Heart Teaching Tuesday series, Anne C. Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma explains that Amitabha (the focus of Pure Land Buddhist traditions of East Asia) also plays a significant role for many Tibetan Buddhists. We can understand Amitabha as a person, a force, even an aspect […]
Episode 1: In the first episode of our new season, you’ll hear an excerpt from our most popular YouTube video ever! Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma teaches on Green Tara–her identity, her qualities, and what it means to connect with her–and shares the lineage of Dawn Mountain’s Tara practices. The text for this practice is not […]
Episode 13: In the final teaching of the series, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins by reflecting on our habits of judgment and reactivity–the very things that obstruct equanimity–and how we can begin to notice our own contributions to our reactions. She closes the teaching and the series by encouraging us to keep dissolving our reaction […]
Episode 12: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins by guiding us to settle into the moment and into the body, then asks us to cultivate curiosity instead of judgment. We feel what it’s like to aspire to greater equanimity, and Anne closes the meditation by using the sacred syllable OM to bring the […]
Episode 11: Dawn Mountain students ask Harvey some of the tough questions about equanimity, including how to cultivate it in relationships with harmful or toxic people. Harvey also discusses reification, its definition and how it undermines equanimity.
Episode 10: In this teaching, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje begins by introducing Tsongkhapa’s seven cause and effect precepts and the ways we actively cultivate love and compassion for all beings, which is very different from trying to remain emotionally indifferent to all beings. We want to have a crisp, vivid engagement with others, not a […]
Episode 9: In this excerpt from a teaching Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje offered on Guru Yoga a few years ago, he talks about the difficulties we sometimes face when we try to call out from the heart to the Lama. We can call out to our sources of refuge about what’s really going on with […]
Episode 8: In this meditation, Harvey gets us settled into a meditative state by guiding us through feeling the support and connection that frame our practice. Then he guides us to reflect on someone dear to us and imagine what they could do to make us regard them as unpleasant, to take someone we find […]
Episode 7: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins by defining what equanimity is (and isn’t) and distinguishes judgment from information. She then guides us through a short reflection on equanimity. (Just FYI, there are a few minor sound glitches in the last 10 minutes of the recording.)
Episode 6: In this meditation Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us on a journey into a deeply grounded state of mind. We begin with connecting to the earth and feeling into the flow of the breath, then note the physical sensations related to judgment before closing the meditation with the sacred syllable OM.
Episode 5: In this teaching, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje reminds us that our habitual patterns, while they may color our perceptions of the world, are not our deepest nature. Cultivating equanimity gives us a way to let go of our stories about the goodness of some people and the badness of others and engage evenly–but […]
Episode 4: In this meditation, Harvey guides us through a variation on a classical meditation on equanimity, first reflecting on a neutral person as someone who wants to be happy and who’s also acted harmfully toward their enemies. Then we bring to mind a person close to us and consider that they could have been an enemy; we […]
Episode 2: Anne guides this meditation beginning with bringing awareness to the body and opening to the blessings available to us. Then she leads us through an exploration of our reactivity and how familiar it feels, leading to reflections on the way all beings want happiness and closing with invoking the image of the earth dakini […]
Episode 1: In this short teaching Anne offered before beginning the opening meditation of the series, she reminds us that equanimity is a portal to wisdom, that its rich, nonjudgmental quality of presence and attention can support our practice and diminish our reactivity.
Bonus teaching: In this “rebroadcast” from Claire Villarreal’s winter 2015-16 miniseries, she reflects on using our various devices and media intentionally to nourish our minds rather than allowing our technology to clutter our minds. Various Dawn Mountain students share their own experiences with and best practices for integrating media into daily life, and Harvey Aronson […]
Final teaching of the Buddha, Brain, and Karma series: Harvey explains the patterns of reactivity associated with the space element, which–like the other elements–ultimately leads us to attention. He reminds us that we typically don’t cultivate strong attention to the body’s experiences, but that’s an important way for us to experience the transformation of these […]