Heart Essence Transmissions: Dzogchen Cycles II

An Overview of the 2020 Retreats

Heart Essence Transmissions offers a journey of natural awakening. “Natural” means that we begin with that we already know and possess. We use our senses, curiosity, and imagination to awaken to our innnermost being and the freedom only wisdom can bring. The renowned Heart Essence lineage treasures, especially those revealed by Ad.Zom Rinpoche, are at the center of our journey.  Over the past ten years, he has shared some of these with our teachers, Lama Rigzin Drolma and Lama Namgyal Dorje. Deeply inspired by these, and in close consultation with Rinpoche, they have created a program that draws comprehensively from Ad.Zom Rinpoche’s Heart Essence transmissions.


We explore core texts and practices of the Heart Essence, Vast Expanse (Logchen Nyingthig) , and other related Heart Essence  lineages revealed by Rinpoche, especially the Luminous Heart Essence (Osel Nyingthig), Lotus Heart Essence (Padme Nyingthig), and Manjushri Dzogchen. Your path through these is expressly designed for Western lay practitioners seeking a training that distinctively threads together the Heart Essence Lineages of Longchen Rabjam, Jigme Lingpa, Adzom Drukpa, and AdZ.om Paylo Rinpoche, in sutra, tantra, and Dzogchen.


Your training is anchored in tradition as well as in the realities of contemporary lay life. We do not expect anyone to drink buttered tea and ride a yak, but we do wish to help you see how your practice relates to your Starbucks and iPads. ’s. Harvey and Anne teach with keen awareness of real-life issues that arise in bringing the spiritual riches of Tibet into our modern lives, and how these can best support the growth we seek. Their long immersion in Tibetan language, culture and a wide range of practices, and especially their close connection with Rinpoche, is all brought to bear on this program.

Different Paths, One Goal 

There are many doors to reality. Ad.Zom Rinpoche has famously observed that everyone is different. He wants to open doors for everyone. Most of us, in fact,  need more than one door. Familiarity with different practices and different figures of awakening — male, female, calm, fierce– assures that every part of us gets addressed.  

Lamas Rigzin Drolma and Namgyal Dorje have been part of this process for many years and have felt its power.


Beginners will find a gentle introduction to the riches of the Tibetan path. Experienced students will gain well-choreographed training in Heart Essence pathways, to the most advanced level suitable for each. . Everyone accepted into the program receives personal support and guidance as appropriate through the sutra, tantric, and Dzogchen trainings of this lineage. For students new to Dzogchen or with little prior experience, we may make recommendations to study specific pieces of our first three year program  before taking programs from the current cycle.

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Heart Essence Transmission Retreats: Dzogchen Cycles II

Two Wisdom Dakinis of the Osel Nyingthig (Luminous Heart Essence)

Yeshe Tsogyal Ngondro Practice Retreat | May 1-6, 2020

This retreat is open to all who have taken any of the 2018 or 2019 Yeshe Tsogyal Teaching retreats. There will be an opportunity for in-retreat meetings with the Lamas Rigzin Drolma & Namgyal Dorje about your practice. (As a reminder, you must complete the 2018 retreat before taking the 2019 teaching, which includes the Accomplishment practice of Yeshe Tsogyal. Both retreats include essential teachings from AR himself. Once your application to Cycles has been accepted, you will get instructions on how to order this retreat for online viewing.)


Troma Severance from A.d.Zom Rinpoche’s Luminous Heart Essence |May 8-15, 2020

A direct severing of all self-centered inclinations sensibilities that bind us to the wheel of repetitive habits, habit patterns, limitations, and obstructions. This practice is part of Rinpoche’s Osel Nyingthig (Luminous Heart Essence) Cycle. Like his other treasures, this it is replete with Dzogchen nuance while also following the classic form of the widely revered Severance (Chod) practices. Our teaching draws directly from AR’s own oral instructions.


Fall 2020 – Further Troma Practice (Weekend Retreat, date TBA)

This retreat will provide further support in understanding and gaining facility with Troma.



Spring 2021 Weekend Retreat

Teachings related to the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita) supportive of penetrating to the nature of reality. Two Prayer-Practices from the Manjushri Dzogchen treasure of APR. Those short prayers, the pith of wisdom teachings are mirrors to our own wisdom. They touch on key Dzogchen elements that move us from dualistic seeing to the undual presence of being.


Lama Rigzin Drolma, Anne Klein, Ph.D.  and Lama Namgyal Dorje, Harvey Aronson, MSW, Ph.D.  each have over fifty years of participation and leadership roles in Western Buddhist communities, including serving as personal translators for Dzogchen Lamas from Tibet. Since 1970, alongside their Buddhist training and practice with Nyingma, Geluk, Bon, and Theravada teachers, they have also followed developments in mind science, religious studies, and psychotherapy. The result of their deep knowledge, skills, and experiences is Dawn Mountain’s Dzogchen Cycles program. 

Anne and Harvey founded Dawn Mountain in 1996 and have been teaching since then with the blessing of their teachers, integrating their lifelong learning into a teaching style that is direct, personal, traditional and fresh. In 2010 they each formally received from their heart teacher the title of Dorje Lopon (Vajra Teacher).


For more details of our Dzogchen Cycles program and information on enrollment, please click here. 
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