Dzogchen, the crowning jewel of the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Deep, traditional, and authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings are right there at your fingertips! Here is a chance to engage live with our lamas via zoom where they can see you and hear you during multiple opportunities to ask questions and share reflections! Or, watch at your own pace and on your own schedule with recordings that are available indefinately.
An online curriculum with Anne C. Klein and Harvey Aronson. Inspired and guided by Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, perhaps the greatest Dzogchen master in Tibet today. This program offers students fundamental teachings, practices, and meditations from treasure texts recently revealed by Adzom Rinpoche, delivered in the form of three retreats in a one-year span. The program has been praised as a portal to direct realization of our true nature.
Important lineage teachers include Longchen Rabjam, Jigme Lingpa, and their spiritual heirs, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche and the late Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche. Especially destined for our era and conditions, Dzogchen teachings enhance ancient Dzogchen Nyingthig traditions.
In order to join Dzogchen Cycles you must fill out an application to give our lamas Anne C. Klein and Harvey Aronson some of your practice background so they can get to know you personally. Filling out our application does not commit you to our Cycles programs, so there’s no risk in filling out an application today!
Full Membership in Dzogchen Cycles includes:
Two weekend retreats and one week-long retreat available online via Zoom with recordings available for rewatching indefinately. Ask our lamas questions directly by participating live or watch the recording at your own pace.
Bi- monthly follow-up meetings with Anne C. Klein and Harvey Aronson. Join a group zoom with our lamas to ask questions between retreats.
Bi-monthly peer support meetings. Join an informal group meeting with your peers to discuss your practice and find support from the community.
Mitra support. Ask to be assigned a senior student to check in and support your practice.
Take a look at the retreats coming this year for the 2022-2023 year of Dzogchen Cycles below:
The Lotus Heart Essence: Avalokiteshvara’s Dzogchen
One week, Monday May 9 through Sunday May 15
Immerse yourself in six short Dzogchen texts from Avalokiteshvara’s complete Dzogchen teachings, revealed to Adzom Paylo Rinpoche in 2016 on Potu island. A prayer to compassion embodied; a sādhana; feast (Tshog) practice; prayer to Rahula; liberation through hearing—quintessential instructions; and activities. Joining compassion with wisdom can take a long time in most styles of practice. Find how in Dzogchen, wisdom is there from the start. Thanks to Rinpoche’s blessing, we are offering this for the very first time in the West. Come join us and refresh your heart!
The Very Heart of the Great Compassionate One’s Liberation of All Beings
One weekend, Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd
A weekend retreat of deep focus on the main sadhana from Adzom Paylo Rinpoche’s Avalokiteshvara treasure, a rare instance seamlessly uniting Avalokiteshvara and Dzogchen. Rinpoche closes this text by saying “Those who practice this with excellence gain liberation in this life. Those with middling skill find realization and freedom in the Bardo. Others find the supreme pure land. In the end, self and others find liberation.” He has explicitly blessed Lama Rigzin Drolma and Lama Namgyal to share these teachings.
Liberation through Hearing the Seven Syllables: A Vast Golden Heart
One weekend, February 24-26th 2023
Another beautiful union of compassion/Avalokiteshvara and Dzogchen from Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, a teaching on the Dzogchen meaning of these seven syllables Om Mani Padme Hum. The text contains pith instructions associated with the seven syllables, redolent with natural effortless space and compassion. Join us for this retreat held during Losar, the Tibetan New Year, when wholesome activities are amplified a hundred thousand times
Interested in this year’s retreats but not ready for the commitment? Dzogchen Cycles retreats can be taken individually a-la-carte style without the benefit of Follow-Up, Peer Support meetings or a Mitra. Please indicate you’d prefer to be a-la-carte on the application.
Dzochen Cycles Instructors
Anne Carolyn Klein/ Lama Rigzin Drolma
is Professor and Former Chair of Religious Studies, Rice University, where she developed a contemplative studies concentration for graduate students in the Department of Religious Studies. She is also a Founding Director and Resident Lama of Dawn Mountain. In connection with this work she was named a Dorje Lopon by her teacher Adzom Rinpoche in 2009. She brings her 40 years of study and practice in Heart Essence Dzogchen traditions to her teaching at Dawn Mountain and, especially, to the Dzogchen Cycles program.
Books by Anne:
Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self
Unbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bon, and the Logic of the Nonconceptual
Translations by Anne:
Strand of Jewels: My Teachers’ Essential Guidance on Dzogchen
Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: Foundational Practices and the Transmission of the Longchen Nyingthig
Harvey Aronson/ Lama Namgyal Dorje
Harvey has studied extensively with prominent teachers in the Geluk, Dzogchen, and Theravada traditions in Asia and the United States, and is a recognized scholar on the intersection between traditional Buddhist practice and Western therapeutic modalities. He has immersed himself in many diverse therapies, and of late particularly centered his interest in Emotional Focused Couples Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. He has been working with families, couples, and individuals for over 35 years. He has spent much of his professional working with individuals who have a deep spiritual involvement and find benefit in psychotherapy. In 2010 eminent Nyingma Dzogchen master Adzom Rinpoche recognized him as Dorje Lopön and empowered him to provide support to advanced students immersed in traditional Buddhist practices.
Books by Harvey:
Buddhist Practice on Western Ground: Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology
Filling out our application does not commit you to our Cycles programs, so there’s no risk in filling out an application today!