As Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, Reginald A. Ray mentors a growing number of dedicated students worldwide. Following many years of practice and study, some of these individuals are now offering Dharmasagara teachings in locations around the globe. The partial listing below profiles the Foundation's Senior Teachers in alphabetical order.
"I was fortunate to meet Reggie after years of studying and practicing within a more traditional Tibetan context. A powerful revelation for me, at that time, was the lineages' affirmation that profound spiritual possibilities unfold through engaging the nitty gritty aspects of our hectic modern lives. There is tremendous respect for each individual journey within this lineage, and I view the student-teacher relationship, at every level, as being rooted in mutual learning and collaborative self-discovery."
Callista began studying with Reggie Ray in 2001. Teaching dharma and meditation in Boulder and the South Puget Sound area, she is dedicated to helping practitioners integrate study and practice. Her teaching is informed by her Buddhist studies at Naropa University. She resides in Tacoma, Washington, where she teaches writing.
Jessika is passionately devoted to uncovering the dynamic wisdom of the body as revealed through traditional meditative practice. In addition to nearly twenty years of meditation experience in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions, she has trained in Continuum Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Svadhyaya Vinyasa yoga, and dance. She practices in upstate New York, where she works as an acupuncturist and yoga teacher, and mothers two lively daughters.
Jonathan began practicing meditation at a young age in the forests of Southeastern Alaska. He entered the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche when he began studying with Reggie in 1997. Recently, he left his career as an interfaith hospice chaplain to devote his life to full-time Dharma study, practice, and teaching. His spiritual journey is inspired by a deep love of wilderness and the fearless beings who inhabit the untamed spaces of our mountains and cities, bodies and hearts.
Julie lives in Crestone and has a deep connection with the natural world. She teaches and mentors psychotherapists, including 11 years with Naropa University. Julie first connected with Reggie Ray at Dathün 1996, became a close student in 2001, and began teaching meditation in 2007. She teaches in a heart-felt, genuine way, emphasizing direct experience.
David holds the study and practice of meditation as his primary life commitment. Meditating for over 10-years and training with Reggie since 2004, he developed and leads a meditation program based on Meditating With the Body at a large, non-profit research institute in Columbus, Ohio where he lives and works. David enjoys introducing others to the study and practice of meditation and teaches in the U.S and Canada.
A faculty member in Naropa University's religious studies department, Jeremy has taught courses in Buddhism, meditation, gender and women's studies, philosophy and cultural diversity. He has studied with Reggie for 10 years, and holds a degree from Naropa University in Religious Studies.
A computer scientist by day and a meditation teacher by heart, Beth has a special connection to those wearied by the speed of our culture. Dedicated to Reggie Ray and meditation for well over a decade, Beth brings an unusual understanding of Dharmasagara lineage and practices. Beth recently moved to Boulder in Colorado, and is working with Dharma Ocean's Boulder community.
Drawing from long experience with Dharma Ocean, Neil teaches on southern Vancouver Island. Enjoying the discovery and closeness that arises on the meditative journey, he works with all levels of practitioners in both individual and group settings. Studying with Reggie since 1999, Neil's guidance acknowledges an interest in indigenous spirituality, cultural history, and deep ecology.
Sean has lived in Colorado for 19 years and works in Denver as a massage therapist. He met Reggie in 1998 and has been his student ever since. Aside from teaching meditation, his interests include writing, acting, and enjoying the Rocky Mountains any way he can.
An educator and teacher of Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) founded by the renowned Thai social activist, Sulak Sivaraksa. After the intensive training with Reggie Ray since 2004, Vichak has now returned home to Bangkok Thailand, leading several meditation workshops throughout the year for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Tami Simon is the Founder and Publisher of Sounds True, an independent multi-media company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. Tami began studying with Reggie Ray in 2001 and began teaching "Meditating with the Body" introductory workshops in 2007. Her areas of special interest include authentic leadership and applying spiritual principles to organizational life. Tami lives in Boulder, Colorado with her partner Julie Kramer.
Amy RM Stahl
Amy began practicing in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in New York City in the late 1990s. She became a student of Dr. Ray's while earning a Master of Divinity at Naropa University. A meditation instructor since 2004, she enjoys exploring the interplay between awareness, discipline, expression and relaxation. She is the director of and teacher for Dharma Ocean Portland [Oregon].
Teaching in California and Colorado, Nanda draws upon two decades of engagement in the creative arts and a lifelong journey with eastern spirituality. He has been practicing meditation in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa since 1997 and now lives in Boulder, Colorado, devoted to the study and practice of meditation under the guidance of Dr. Reggie Ray.
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