Anne C. KleinAnne C. Klein is professor and chair of Religious Studies at Rice University. She is also a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice in Houston. Her publications include Path to the Middle (SUNY Press), Unbounded Wholeness, coauthored with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Oxford University Press), and Knowledge and Liberation (Snow Lion Publications).
Books & Audio
A Sourcebook on Tibetan Sautrantika
Several years in the Tibetan monastic curriculum are devoted to study of the Sautrantika tenet system, for it forms the basis for Madhyamika epistemology. The systematization of Sautrantika assertions has interested generations of Tibetan scholars to the present. Three major… Read More
Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self
Despite the daunting barriers of geography and language that separate them, Buddhism and contemporary feminism have much to say to each other. Buddhist practices such as mindfulness (in which calm centering and keen awareness of change coexist) and compassion… Read More
Rinpoche's commentary on the instructions on the "Preliminaries to the Great Perfection Teaching" contains the classical Nying-ma presentation of the Dzogchen preliminaries and practices that lead to Buddhahood. It is an oral commentary on Patrul Rinboche's Kunzang Lamai Shelung (Words… Read More
Tibetan Buddhist Epistemology in Support of Transformative Religious Experience
Buddhist philosophy is concerned with defining and overcoming the limitations and errors of perception. To do this is essential to Buddhism's purpose of establishing a method for attaining liberation. Conceptual thought in this view can lead to a liberating… Read More
Anne Carolyn Klein/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, and a Founding Spiritual Director of Dawn Mountain Tibetan Temple and Dawn Mountain Community Center & Research institute (www.dawnmountain.org) a center for contemplative study and practice based in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Her translation work encompasses both Tibetan texts and oral commentary on them. Her books include Knowledge and Liberation (tr. into Russian, soon available in Chinese) on Buddhist distinctions between intellectual knowing and direct experience; Path to the Middle: The Spoken Scholarship of Khensur Yeshe Thupten, on preparing to meet the ultimate, Meeting the Great Bliss Queen,contrasting Buddhist and Feminist understandings of self and, with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinopche, Unbounded Wholeness, which translates and discusses a Dzogchen text from the Bon –Buddhist tradition. Her most recent publication is Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission, a Chantable English translation of Jigme Lingaps Foundational Practices and a condensation of this by A.dzom Rinpoche (available as a free download from the Dawn Mountain website), and includes a CD of chanting in English and Tibetan. She is currently completing Strand of Jewels, a synthesis of essential Dzogchen instructions from his heart teachers by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, and closing in on book on Jigme Lingpa offers several of his Wisdom Chats and other works for the first time.
She has been a plenary speaker at the Summer Mind and Life Institute in Garrison, NY and also at major public programs of Mind and Life with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
In all these endeavors, her central thematic interest is the embodied interaction between head and heart as illustrated across a spectrum of Buddhist descriptions of the many varieties of human consciousness. She has studied deeply in three of the five Tibetan traditions, her teaching-retreats draw from all of these, with special emphasis on Nyingma and Heart Essence traditions in Dharma contexts, or reframing its principles to strengthen life-skills for those seeking to enrich their lives thru contemplative practice.