Founders and Guiding Teachers

 

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Anne C. Klein and Harvey B. Aronson, PhDs in Buddhist Studies with a long history of learning from the highest Tibetan lamas, founded Dawn Mountain in 1996. As scholars, translators and gifted teachers, they serve Western seekers of all stripes and have fostered a strong community of advanced students that reaches from Houston to Portland, Berkeley, Bloomington, Ithaca, Zurich, and beyond.

Anne Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma) earned a BA in English from Binghamton University, an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Religious/Tibetan Studies at UVA. She held a post-doctoral research fellowship in Women’s Studies and Religious History at the Harvard Divinity School. Anne has published eight books, most recently Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse and Strand of Jewels: My Teachers’ Essential Guidance on Dzogchen, and authored countless articles in various Buddhist periodicals. In 2011 Anne received a grant from the Khyentse Foundation to support her students in teaching Tibetan language at Rice.  Read excerpts from Anne’s books and full papers and articles here.

Harvey Aronson (Lama Namgyal Dorje) holds a BS in Chemistry from Brooklyn College, an MSW from Boston University, and a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He has studied extensively with prominent teachers in the Geluk, Dzogchen and Theravada traditions in Asia and the United States. Harvey is the author of Buddhist Practice on Western Ground and Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism and is a recognized scholar of the intersections between traditional Buddhist practice and Western therapeutic modalities.

In 1974 Anne and Harvey began studying with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, who was born in central Tibet in 1920. He was asked in 1960 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to lead the school of the Nyingma tradition in Japan, which he did for 10 years while teaching in Japanese universities, then returned to India to found a school to educate Tibetan monks in the Nyingma tradition.  He is the author of a 13-volume history of all of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and taught extensively in Asia and the West until his death in 2009.  In 1999 Anne and Harvey began studying with A.dzom Rinpoche and Jetsun Wangmo, who formally recognized them in 2010 as Dorje Lopön (Vajra Study Masters) and empowered them to provide support to advanced students immersed in traditional Buddhist practices.

Anne and Harvey married in 1976 and have been traveling the path together since they met in Wisconsin in 1969.  Together they have been involved in the practice, translation, and study of Heart Essence (Nyingthig, especially Longchen Nyingthig)  teachings for over 40 years. During this period they also developed the acute awareness that as modern persons raised in secular culture, we need a range of supports for practice that were not explicitly part of traditional Tibetan training.

Our Dzogchen Cycles  program provides support through mentoring, continuous teacher input, and online community, as well as carefully addressing the very personal import of the teachings themselves.  In order to create the kind of community which nourishes deep practice,  we attend to maintaining genuine relationships with ourselves and others.  This community-support aspect of our program draws deeply on Harvey’s  extensive knowledge and clinical experience working with the human conditions  we all share and  that inevitably get mixed up with our spiritual orientation.  

 

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