At Dawn Mountain we strive to inspire seekers to develop skills for living, including mindfulness and compassion to instruct new and advanced students in the contemplative, artistic and healing practices of Tibetan Buddhism in collaboration with Western and Asian teachers to support living Buddhist culture in Asia
Even simple practices can have great benefits, but in this culture of autonomy many people may believe a practice isn’t for them after they have stumbled attempting to do it alone. With self criticism and self hatred being such common habit patterns, Harvey Aronson addresses the need to reach out to teachers and senior students for help in practice.
In this teaching, Anne C Klein deepens our understanding of why and how we practice by looking at the big picture of practice. We practice to cultivate compassion, and we practice to cultivate wisdom, and like a house with many doors there is more than one way “in.”
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 uncover it through practice. In the end, Harvey says, the work we do on either path to our true nature is pretty similar.
(The audio on this file isn’t the best; you’ll hear some feedback at times.)
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.
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.
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 rather than doing.
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.