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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.

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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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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Episodes

Dissolving and Evolving: What does it mean to have buddha nature?

9/7/2018
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Episode 9: In this teaching, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje addresses two major schools of thought regarding buddha nature. One holds that buddha nature is like a seed that needs to sprout and grow, while the other (which underpins Nyingma tantra and Dzogchen) holds that our buddha nature is fully developed, and we just need to […]

Duration:00:38:12

Dissolving and Evolving: Flow of blessings

9/1/2018
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Episode 8: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje leads this special meditation in which we imagine Guru Rinpoche or an orb of loving blessings in front of us, suffusing us with positive qualities, and an internal figure suffusing us from within. We can imagine our self/other duality relaxing as we share these blessings with all beings.

Duration:00:20:06

Dissolving and Evolving: Love also dissolves duality

8/21/2018
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Episode 7: Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma teaches about the short practice of calling the lama from our prayer book (click here to download it). She introduces us to the practice by reminding us that love and devotion can also be ways of moving closer to non-duality.

Duration:00:20:10

Dissolving and Evolving: Moving through and beyond duality

7/24/2018
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Episode 6: Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje teaches that we have different registers of knowing, some more dualistic than others. We can’t choose to know the world in a non-dual way, but we can notice times when we experience life more directly (e.g., through the senses) and enjoy the moments in our practice when we’re being […]

Duration:00:31:53

Dissolving and Evolving: How we know what we know

7/11/2018
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Episode 5: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma guides us through settling the attention on the breath. Then she introduces the distinction between the content of our experience (what we know) and the way we know it (how we know), and we close the meditation reflecting on that.

Duration:00:19:10

Dissolving and Evolving: Guru Rinpoche reflects our own deepest nature

7/5/2018
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Episode 4: Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma teaches that tantric practices (like training to experience ourselves as Guru Rinpoche) may seem complicated, but their goal is to help us recognize our own nature. These practices can help us to dissolve our sense of separation between ourselves and the outside world–and between ourselves and our own buddha […]

Duration:00:39:31

Dissolving and Evolving: Why practice tantra?

6/21/2018
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Episode 2: In this teaching, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma explains that one of the special features of tantric practice is its ability to harness a variety of elements of our being: the physical and mental, but also our capacities for intellect and imagination. We can experience ourselves as beings who fully embody wisdom and compassion, […]

Duration:00:40:28

Dissolving and Evolving: Illumination

6/7/2018
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Episode 1: In this meditation, Anne Klein/Lama Rigzin Drolma begins with inviting us to settle deeply into our breathing, loosening our grip on past and future. Then we imagine inhaling light that illuminates our body, and finally we share that light with those around us.

Duration:00:24:16

Buddha Nature: Who is Guru Rinpoche?

5/22/2018
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Episode 12: Following up on the meditation in the previous episode, Harvey Aronson/Lama Namgyal Dorje explains the meaning of OM, AH, and HUNG as well as what the figure of Guru Rinpoche signifies to us as followers of his lineage. Ultimately Guru Rinpoche’s awakened mind and limitless capacities are expressions of our own deepest nature.

Duration:00:34:18

Buddha Nature: Practice brings out our deep nature

4/19/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:41:13

Buddha Nature: Blessings of OM, AH, and HUNG

4/13/2018
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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, […]

Duration:00:25:04

Buddha Nature: Guru Yoga as “playing” at something more real

4/2/2018
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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.

Duration:00:20:00

Buddha Nature: Guru Yoga as direct connection to lineage

3/21/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:25:56

Buddha Nature: Guru Yoga meditation

3/13/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:19:31

Buddha Nature: Tantra as fruitional practice

3/6/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:44:36

Buddha Nature: Feeling inspiration

2/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:12:14

Buddha Nature: Knowledge through relationships

2/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:06:11

Buddha Nature: Sutric and tantric practice

2/16/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:52:01

Buddha Nature: Settling, attending to experience

2/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:20:18

Bonus episode: Harvey on waking up from autopilot

1/31/2018
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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.

Duration:00:33:22