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Free intro to Buddhism course

teachings, guided meditations, and more

Tired of chasing after happiness? Ready to "arrive" and rest in your own true nature? Then Buddhist teachings have a lot to offer you!

This course offers a simple introduction to the Four Noble Truths, the foundation of Buddhism. They teach that we'll never find happiness in what we have or do, but we can find lasting contentment when we turn toward our true nature.

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Sat on the Rocks

Claire Villarreal

Meditation for transformation

The goal in my own contemplative life is reconnecting with what's sacred -- in me, in us all, and in our environment. The courses and instruction I offer is oriented toward what will help us regain our connection to life's magic.

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About Me


I've been wondering about the nature of reality most of my life and practicing various forms of Buddhism since 1997.  I meditated my way around India, Nepal, and Thailand, with pilgrimages to Tibet. I completed a PhD on Tibetan Buddhism and contemplative ways of knowing in 2015 at Rice University, worked for Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, and am now a digital nomad and meditation instructor. 

If an entrepreneur is someone who sees a problem and wants to offer a solution, a dharmapreneur is someone who's crafting solutions to spiritual problems in their own practice and wants to offer that to the wider world.  My aspiration is to share the fruits of my practice with you so we can grow together.

Things that blow my mind include science, great storytelling, and Spinning.

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Online courses

guidance & inspiration

From a free mini-course to a month-long deep dive on death and rebirth, offerings to support your transformative growth


Letting Grow

What do Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the death and rebirth process have in common with Marie Kondo’s method of tidying by getting rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy?  They’re both about the process of letting go of the old, reflecting on what’s most meaningful to us, and then growing into a new version of ourselves.

With one episode per week, we’ll talk about the literal death and rebirth process described in Tibetan Buddhism, and we’ll also dig into the gentler forms of transition that we go through within this lifetime: graduating from high school, college, or some other period of education; moving, changing jobs, getting married, breaking up, having kids, having an empty nest, and more.  

Some episodes will be guided meditations, some will be short lessons on these topics, and some will be interviews with experts and with ordinary people going through transitions.  We’ll talk about ancient teachings and how they connect with pop culture.

In season one, we’ll go through the Tibetan teachings on the death and rebirth process, which will give us a kind of template for talking about transitions more generally.

Please subscribe now wherever you get podcasts to let go and grow together.

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Happy Hiking

One-on-one meditation coaching

Start or deepen your practice with professional help

If you've tried meditating but have a hard time getting regular or haven't felt the benefits, let me help!  I'll be your accountability buddy, or if you need more support, we can do weekly sessions together.  If you have a small group who want to join you, y'all can do sessions together.

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“We know what we are, but not what we may be”

William Shakespeare

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