Dharma Ocean and the Dharmasagara Lineage are held by Dr. Reginald A. Ray and Caroline Pfohl. As co-lineage holders, they bear ultimate responsibility for developing, presenting, and activating the teachings within Dharma Ocean and the world. Under their guidance, senior students have been trained as teachers who are now transmitting the teachings and practices of the Dharma Ocean path by leading residential and online programs or by leading local sanghas. All Dharma Ocean sanghas and practice groups are formed and run administratively and financially independent from the Dharma Ocean Foundation.
Reginald A. Ray, Ph.D
Dr. Reginald "Reggie" Ray is the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Reggie is the author of several books and audio series including Touching Enlightenment and Mahamudra for the Modern World. He makes his residence in Crestone and Boulder, Colorado.
Caroline Pfohl is co-lineage holder of the Dharma Ocean lineage. She chairs the Dharma Ocean Foundation board of directors, and holds the role of Desung (Protector of Joy) for the community. Caroline is also the founder and Chair of the Hemera Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society, focusing on education, women and children, and the arts.
Al Blum – La Jolla, CA
“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 Brown – Tacoma, WA
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 has been a student of meditation for 23 years. 10 years ago her life was turned upside down by a weekend retreat with Reggie Ray, and she has been immersed in the Dharma Ocean path ever since. She is a practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Taoist medicine, splitting her time between Rochester, NY and Denver, CO.
Norman has been studying and practicing with Reggie Ray since 2001. He is a co-founder of Open Sky Wilderness Therapy and specializes in helping families struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances.
Manuela Mischke-Reeds – Menlo Park, CA
Manuela, MA, MFT began her training at Dharma Ocean in 2007 when she studied Meditating with the Body. She co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California, and lectures, consults and trains professionals in somatic psychotherapy, embodied mindfulness, attachment, trauma, and movement therapy. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice.
David Iozzi – Boulder, CO
Practicing for over 15-years and training with Reggie since 2004, David holds the study and practice of meditation as his primary life commitment. In 2006 he developed a meditation program based on “Meditating with the Body” at a large, non-profit research institute where he worked as a research scientist and engineer. David’s teaching draws on his love of science and a background in Japanese martial arts and explores how the depth of being uncovered in practice manifests in everyday experience. In 2013 David moved to Boulder to serve as Dharma Ocean’s Executive Director.
Jeremy Lowry – Milwaulkee, WI
Jeremy has been a student of Dr. Ray since 1996. He studied with Reggie at Naropa University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies. He was a faculty member and administrator at Naropa, teaching courses on Buddhist and Western philosophy and psychology, women and gender studies and other topics. Among other things, he has supported faculty members in the creation and implementation of online courses on meditation and the Buddhist tradition. He has been a meditation instructor for more than ten years, and enjoys working with students from a variety of practice backgrounds and interests.
Neil McKinlay – Victoria, BC
A student of Reggie’s since 1999, Neil’s teaching reflects an ongoing interest in the rich intersection of spirituality and everyday life. A partner, parent, and householder, he is curious about how deep engagement with this lineage affects our relationship with the ‘ordinary’ — with ourselves and others, with livelihood, and with the world of which we are part. Neil teaches regularly in the Pacific Northwest and delights in the many opportunities this affords to see how the practice of meditation uncovers the fire within, brings healing into our lives, and alters how we meet each and every moment. As might be expected, Neil’s instruction has been described as “straightforward” and “accessible”.
Vichak Panich – Bangkok, Thailand
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 meditation workshops throughout the year for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Tami Simon – Boulder, CO
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.
Erin Anderson – Jericho, VT
Schuyler Anderson – Jericho, VT
Leslie Barnett – Brooklyn, NY
Jonathan Daniel – Denver , CO
Marty Enright – New York, NY
Jeff Gonzalez – Hudson, OH
Micah Hoffman – Milwaukee, WI
Zosia Krusberg – Poughkeepsie, NY
Jake LaBotz – Nashville, TN
Shaun La Chute – Woodinville, WA
Tina Lagreca – New York, NY
Gaia Mika – Taos, NM
Laurel Miller – Boulder, CO
Bryn Rees – Boulder, CO
Sarah Miryam – Hudson, NY
Sari Simchoni – La Jolla, CA
Colette Smart – Victoria, BC
Mary Stokes – Pittsboro, NC
Elizabeth Thomas – Boulder, Co
Karyn Young – Erie, CO