New audio teachings and guided meditations are added to this page from time to time. May they energize and support your journeys! (Key: 'D' indicates a discussion track, and 'GM' indicates a guided meditation).
The Sadhana of Mahamudra by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Sadhana of Mahamudra, written in Bhutan by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1967, is widely considered one of his most seminal works. Trungpa himself considered it "terma," meaning a most sacred revelation given by the eighth century saint Padmasambhava, rather than being composed by Trungpa personally. Historically, the Sadhana’s composition occurred in the very midst of Trungpa’s transition from being an exponent of a thoroughly traditional Tibetan world into his career as one of the most important and innovative lamas bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West.
Study of the text reveals insights into Buddhism’s emergence from a staunchly conservative Tibetan religious environment into the utterly different Western world. Within Trungpa’s corpus, the Sadhana is particularly important because its main themes prefigure the unique teaching style, method, and content of his delivery of Buddhism into a modern context. In the text, we can hear Trungpa expressing his own uncertainties as well as his inspirations about how to make the dharma thrive in the West.
Emotional Awakening: Experiencing the Wisdom of Emotions
A unique feature of Vajrayana Buddhism is the view that emotions—all emotions, not just pleasant ones—are intelligent expressions of energy that can actually lead us to the awakened state. In this talk, Reggie discusses the role of emotions in meditation practice, how not to take your emotions personally, and how they can undermine the conceptual overlay of ego. By holding this view on and off the cushion, the experience of our emotional life actually becomes a gateway to the vast space of awareness. Click here to download.
Freedom for Experience
The Star House ~ Boulder, Colorado ~ April 9, 2011
01 Spirituality in the Modern World - Listen Online
02 Hunger for Reality - Listen Online
03 Guided Meditation-10-Points Practice - Listen Online
04 Guided Meditation-Earth Breathing - Listen Online
05 Discussion - Listen Online
06 Guided Meditation-Lower Belly Breathing - Listen Online
07 Vast Freedom - Listen Online
The River of Life from Dathün 2010-2011
This talk was given on December 15, 2010, at the outset of Dathün 2010-2011 in Crestone at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center. We have incorporated this talk into one of the "best-of" compilations offered at the audio download store, entitled "The Spiritual Journey." Click here to purchase the entire compilation.
The River of Life - Listen Online
Guided Darkness Practice from Dathün 2009-2010
1 GM: Darkness Makes the Earth Accessible - Listen Online
2 GM: Inner Purification - Listen Online
3 GM: Being Within the Body - Listen Online
4 GM: Expanding Boundaries Into Space - Listen Online
5 GM: Body as Cosmos - Listen Online
The Path of Desire: Tantric Saints in Indian Buddhism
Stanford University, November 12, 2009
This talk was given to the Buddhist Studies department of Stanford University during Reggie's 2009 teaching tour. Subsequently an entire "best-of" compilation was created on "The Path of Desire," drawing from a range of public and sangha gatherings in 2009 and 2010.
What is the Refuge Vow?
In this talk from Winter Dathün 2006-07, Reggie Ray introduces the refuge vow to meditation practitioners considering taking the vow. This and five additional talks from other retreats have been compiled into "Taking Refuge: Committing to Authentic Transformation," available in our audio download store:
1 The Universe Holds Your Vow - Listen Online
2 Refuge In the Buddha - Listen Online
3 Refuge In the Dharma - Listen Online
4 Refuge In the Sangha - Listen Online
Explorations of Tibetan Tantra: A Weekend Workshop with Reggie Ray
Nov 20 - 22, 2009, Portland, OR
This workshop was part of Reggie's 2009-10 teaching tour, which included workshops in New York, Montréal, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and at Spirit Rock and Kripalu. The Portland weekend featured teachings on following the thread of tantra in our everyday practice lives, accessing authentic creativity, trusting chaos, egoic process, and developing an unmediated relationship with reality. Guided bodywork meditations explored resting in the depths of the earth, letting go of somatic tension, dimensions of the breath, and looking into the nature of space.
Friday PM: Tantra
1 The Student-Teacher Relationship - Listen Online
2 The Tantric Journey is Down - Listen Online
3 Desire is the Gateway - Listen Online
4 Renouncing the Project of "Me" - Listen Online
5 D: Positivity, Wanting, Initiation, Trust, Dark Retreat - Listen Online
Saturday AM: Reality
6 Meditation Connects Us to Reality - Listen Online
7 GM: Ten Points Practice - Listen Online
Saturday AM: Lower Belly
8 Unmediated Relationship with Reality - Listen Online
9 GM: 12-Fold Belly Breathing - Listen Online
10 GM: Three Dimenasions of the Body - Listen Online
11 D: Effort, Ego, Tension, Pain - Listen Online
12 D: Paranoia, Thoughts, Intention, Fear, Sensitivity - Listen Online
Saturday AM: Depths
13 GM: Infinite Depths - Listen Online
14 Acceptance by the Earth - Listen Online
Saturday PM: Birth
15 Giving Birth to Creativity in Daily Life - Listen Online
16 D: Ego, Outbreath, Images, Questions, Ego-Clinging - Listen Online
17 GM Calling to the Unseen World with the Drum - Listen Online
Saturday PM: Breath
18 GM: Exploring Sensitivity to the the Breath - Listen Online
19 GM: Discovering Dimesnsions of the Breath - Listen Online
20 The World is Our Salvation - Listen Online
21 D: Lineage, Unseen World, Children, Disembodiment - Listen Online
Sunday AM: Sitting
22 Bodywork and Sitting in Daily Practice - Listen Online
23 GM: Resting in the Depths of the Earth - Listen Online
24 Inner Pilgrimage of the Body - Listen Online
25 D: Sitting, Sharing, Stability, Embodiment, Tibetans - Listen Online
26 D: Sensations, Visualization, Fear, Psoas, Depth, Chakras - Listen Online
Sunday PM: Body
27 GM: Leaping Into the Threat - Listen Online
28 GM: Opening to Space Through the Gateways - Listen Online
Beside Ourselves: The Embodied Spiritual Journey in a Time of Crisis
A public talk given at the Star House in Boulder, CO on December 4, 2009
1 The Practicality of Spirituality - Listen Online
2 Guided Meditation: Releasing Tension in the Body - Listen Online
3 Guided Meditation: Rooted in the Earth - Listen Online
4 Learning to Live From the Depths - Listen Online
Trust is the Gateway
Trust is the gateway to spiritual growth and human fulfillment. Trust is the price of admission for experiencing life in all of its fullness and beauty. Trust is willingness to trust our bodies as we do the work on the journey.
1 Trust is the Gateway - Listen Online
2 GM: 10-Points Practice and Earth Breathing - Listen Online
Union of Heaven and Earth
What is the problem with disembodied meditation in modern people? A brief explanation of the heaven and earth principle and working with our relative truth through embodiment. A guide prana breathing meditation and extending awareness exercise are also included.
1 GM: Prana Breathing (lying down) - Listen Online
2 GM: Extending Awareness (sitting up) - Listen Online
3 Problem with Disembodied Meditation - Listen Online
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