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Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma, is Professor and a former Chair of the Department of Religion, Rice University, where she developed a contemplative studies concentration for graduate students. She is also a Lama in the Nyingma Tradition, and a Founding Teacher of Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism ( a community engaged in contemplative study and practice based in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Dawn Mountain offers its own online programs, including free material available on YouTube, with new courses introduced every few months.

She has studied, translated, and practiced in three of the five Tibetan traditions. Her scholarly work and community teaching-retreats draw from all of these, with special emphasis on Nyingma and Heart Essence traditions. She is especially in mind-body processes associated with learning, knowing, and being as illustrated across a spectrum of Buddhist descriptions of the many varieties of human consciousness.

Her writings and translation work draw extensively from Tibetan texts and scholarly oral commentary. Her seven books include Knowledge and Liberation (translated. into Russian, and Chinese) on Buddhist distinctions between intellectual knowing and direct experience; Path to the Middle: The Spoken Scholarship of Khensur Yeshe Thupten, a study in Tsonkhapa’s Madhyamaka, 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. She is also known for her Chantable English translations of Buddhist practice texts, including Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission. Her most recent book is Strand of Jewels, a synthesis of essential Dzogchen instructions from his heart teachers by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche.

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