Episode 274: For the Welfare of All – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the training of a Bodhisattva, Reggie discusses the last five of the six paramitas: discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom. Through examples, he shows how the truth of each paramita is not necessarily what we might think. This talk was given at the 2003 Winter Dathün retreat […]

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Episode 273: For the Welfare of All – Part I

Today we listen to the first part of a talk Reggie offered at a Bodhisattva Vow ceremony. He says that the arising of tenderness and love in our hearts naturally inspires us to help sentient beings through taking the bodhisattva vow, cultivating bodhicitta, and training in the six paramitas. This talk was given at the […]

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Episode 272: Clear Circle of Brightness

In this episode, Caroline discusses the somatic unfolding of the awakening heart. She says that the journey involves three concentric circles: an outer circle of enchantment, an inner circle that is like a ring of fire, and a third circle of complete freedom—the clear circle of brightness. This talk was given in 2016 at a […]

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Episode 271: Loss of Reference Points

In this talk, Reggie speaks to the groundlessness that we experience when situations don’t fit into the known world of ego. In such moments, strong feelings of anxiety, fear, and ambiguity might arise. Instead trying to secure territory, he encourages us to turn toward the feelings and open to the uncertainty.This talk was given in 2006 at […]

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Episode 270: Being with the Journey

In this talk, Reggie describes the moment when we check-out during experiences that are painful, unsettling, or disconcerting. He says such moments of intensity offer an opportunity to step through our fear and resistance, open to our feelings, and rest with the sacredness of the situation. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathun […]

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Episode 269: Practice Dismantles

Here, Reggie points to the process that unfolds on the journey of somatic meditation: personal stories fall apart and we come to trust the intimacy, humor, openness, and love that emerges when our solid sense of self is dismantled. This talk was given in 2009 at the September Meditating with the Body retreat held at […]

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Episode 268: Basic Space

In this talk, Caroline discusses the true nature of reality—the Dharmakaya—that we experience when we rest in the space of the lower belly in the practice of yin breathing. She says that this space is open, free, and not constrained by conditioned “parts.” This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held […]

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Episode 267: Life Force – Part II

In the second part of this talk, Reggie asks: where does the Life Force come from? He says that the empty nothingness of space gives birth to the primordial isness and rabid passion we feel when we rest with the raw energy that emerges from the emptiness of being. This talk was given at the […]

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Episode 266: Life Force – Part I

Here, Reggie speaks to the utter power of the Life Force that courses through our body as pure unadulterated love. This force, he says, speaks the message of this lineage: to trust our uncompromising, wild, reckless, implacable lust for being alive. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing […]

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Episode 265: Journey of Individuation

In today’s episode, Reggie discusses the meditative journey of individuation. He acknowledges societal obstacles, such as institutional bureaucracies, that can undermine inspiration and waylay personal development. True freedom requires taking responsibility for our life and completely trusting the inner voice of our body. This talk was given in 2009 at the September Meditating with the […]

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Episode 264: Loving Presence

In today’s episode, Caroline asks a shrine hall of retreatants: what are we doing here? The answer: letting be. In this process, we discover the felt sense, or non-conceptual awareness of the body, which has distinct qualities: loving presence, attentiveness, attunement, responsiveness, and reliability. This talk was given at the 2014 Winter Dathün retreat held […]

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Episode 263: Sacred Mysteries

In this teaching, Reggie discusses the experience of pain as understood in the Vajrayana tradition of meditation. When we let go of judging and rejecting, moments of pain are experienced as sacred ornaments of tenderness that connect us to Life in all of its depth, power, and beauty. This talk was given at the 2011 […]

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Episode 262: Awakening Heart

In this talk, Caroline teaches on bodhicitta, the wakeful intelligence of the body that is concentrated in the heart. She says that the essence of bodhicitta is space, the manifestation is love, and the activity is connection. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center […]

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Episode 261: Stripped Down to Nothing

Here, Reggie points to the often hidden and unrecognized dimensions in the life journey of the Buddha. He says that Thich Nhat Hahn’s book Old Path White Clouds shows how the Buddha’s renunciation of conventional norms was quite radical and threatening to the cultural establishment of his day. This talk was offered at a Dhyanasangha […]

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Episode 260: Under the Rose Apple Tree

In today’s episode, we listen to a talk Caroline offered on the experience of the natural state in childhood. She offers a Vajrayana account of the story of the Buddha who, at age 9, recognized rigpa while sitting under a rose apple tree. This talk was given in 2016 at the November Meditating with the […]

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Episode 259: Pain is Not a Problem

Here, Reggie teaches on experiences of pain that we encounter on the path of meditation. He says that people often judge pain as a bad thing, but the foundation of Buddhist practice is the First Noble Truth: the more we try to avoid pain, the more we suffer. This talk was given at the 2002 […]

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Episode 258: Surrendering Ego – Part II

Going deeper into the theme of refuge, Reggie teaches on the difference between the inner and outer view of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Inner refuge means that we are committing to our non-existence, the nature of reality, and relationships of integrity. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat […]

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Episode 257: Surrendering Ego – Part I

In this talk on refuge, Reggie discusses the history of refuge in the Buddhist tradition and describes the different styles of “emergency ego” that arise when we find ourselves challenged by reality. He says that surrendering ego is the basis for the practice of refuge. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat […]

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Episode 256: Path of Dharma – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the path of dharma, Reggie discusses the developmental journey that unfolds as we deepen in our meditation practice. When meditation becomes the ground of life, transformation becomes a way of being. This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of […]

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Episode 255: Path of Dharma – Part I

In this teaching on the path of Dharma, Reggie encourages us to trust inspiration, stay with discomfort, and leap to the unknown. Each stage of the path—Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—involves ever deeper levels of these themes. This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-255-Path-of-Dharma-Part-I.mp3Podcast: Play […]

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Episode 254: Lineage of Dismantling – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the esoteric tradition of meditation, Reggie suggests that mahamudra practices of direct experience serve as a compelling gate for modern people who long to connect with reality. By dismantling concepts, we meet Life—stripped down, unmediated, free. This talk was given at the 2013 Mahamudra for the Modern […]

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Episode 253: Lineage of Dismantling – Part I

This talk begins with an account of the ancient forest tradition of meditation that began with the Buddha. Reggie discusses the values represented by these meditators and says that our lineage is in alignment with other sanghas that practice with nakedness and humility. This talk was given at the 2013 Mahamudra for the Modern World […]

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This talk begins with an account of the ancient forest tradition of meditation that began with the Buddha. Reggie discusses the values represented by these meditators and says that our lineage is in alignment with other sanghas that practice with nakedness and humility. This talk was given at the 2013 Mahamudra for the Modern World […]

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Episode 252: The Impediments of Religion – Part II

In the second part of this talk on genuineness in spirituality, Reggie says that relaxation in somatic meditation allows us to see how the forces of oppression, control, and busyness in the world are also within us. When tension in the body dissolves, we discover not only our inherent freedom, but also all the ways […]

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Episode 251: The Impediments of Religion – Part I

In this talk on our natural spiritual inheritance, Reggie discusses the impediments presented by religious institutionalism, consumerism, and fundamentalism to the unfolding of each unique human life. In the modern world, authenticity is a lonely journey. This talk was given at the April 2006 Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat […]

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Episode 250: The Practicality of Spirituality

In this talk, Reggie says that the tantric path does not separate spiritual practice from the ordinary circumstances of everyday life. Rather, tantric meditation invites us to see the sacredness within the earthiness, messiness, emotions, and chaos of our human incarnation. This talk was given in 2009 at an evening gathering held at the Star […]

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Episode 249: Genuine Spirituality – Part II

In the second part of this talk on genuine spirituality, Reggie describes the outer, inner, and secret forms of the retreat container. By respecting the forms, practicing silence, and staying present to waves of pain, we come to discover the abundance of our true life. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat […]

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Episode 248: Genuine Spirituality – Part I

Spiritual materialism is the ambitious ego-centered approach of striving for perfection through meditation practice. Here, Reggie speaks to genuine spirituality—the willingness to face our insecurities, depression, anger, darkness, and pride with an open heart. Such an approach, he says, is the way of wholeness. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held […]

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Episode 247: Meditating with the Elements

Here, Reggie says that when we practice with the elements we discover that their basic nature is space. For instance, by allowing our awareness to completely enter the into the life of fire, we touch the emptiness, openness, and warmth of being. This talk was given at the April 2009 Meditating with the Body retreat […]

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Episode 246: Practicing in Cold Places – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the challenges, demands, and grittiness of retreat practice, Reggie says that the way through involves developing trust in our feelings of disruption, uncertainty, anxiety. In the Vajrayana, difficult emotions are a source of inspiration and strength. This talk was given at the 2016 Meditating with the Body […]

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Episode 245: Practicing in Cold Places – Part I

After circumstances did not unfold according to plan, a group of devoted practitioners in England erected a tent so that a late autumn retreat could go on. Reggie offers a talk of encouragement, sharing lore about the hardiness of the lineage in times past. This talk was given at the 2016 Meditating with the Body […]

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Episode 244: Invoking the Primeval Fire – Part II

You are listening to the Dharma Ocean Podcast. In the second part of this talk on entering into relationship with the energetic aspect of the elements, Reggie says that the journey of becoming who we are is found in surrendering to the primeval birth of the five elements in the empty space of our basic […]

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Episode 243: Invoking the Primeval Fire – Part I

In this talk, Reggie discusses the burning quality of space that is felt when we open to heightened awareness of emptiness. By offering our agendas, strategies, and concepts to the primordial Fire, Life is liberated to flare forth—utterly wild and free. This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held […]

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Episode 242: The Edge of Fear

In this talk, Reggie reflects on the fear we experience on the somatic journey of meditation when we lose reference points and enter into the world of the shadowlands, a world that is utterly new and unfamiliar—the realm of our true self. This excerpt is from a talk given in Your Breathing Body Volume I […]

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Episode 241: The Life of Chögyam Trungpa

Here, Reggie introduces his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. He offers a short account of Trungpa’s journey from Tibet, to England, and then to North America, and discusses how he transmitted the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings to his Western students. This excerpt is from a talk given in When Lightning Strikes: The Living Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, […]

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Episode 240: Initiation and Growth – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the journey of somatic meditation, Reggie describes the initiatory process we experience when we enter the depths of the body. Initiations, he says, involve a process of dysregulation and entrainment with the awakened state. This talk was given at the November 2016 Meditating with the Body retreat […]

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Episode 239: Initiation and Growth – Part I

Reggie opens this Meditating with the Body retreat with a talk on the primordial sacredness of the human person. He says that the esoteric spirituality of the body that we are practicing has endured throughout the ages. No matter the external circumstances, the body is trustworthy. This talk was given at the November 2016 Meditating […]

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Episode 238: Way of the Siddhas

Here, Reggie explores the roots of somatic meditation in ancient India. He says that the history of Buddhism was mostly written by monastics and reflects a “renunciation” approach to spirituality. However, there is a more unknown history of practice exemplified by lay practitioners known as “siddhas.” This excerpt is from a talk given in Your […]

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Episode 237: Beholding the Beloved – Part II

In the closing talk of their weekend program on the path of consort relationship, Reggie discusses the three vows of the consort relationship, and Caroline offers guidance on how to integrate consort practice into everyday life. This talk was given in 2017 at a weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO called Awakening […]

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Episode 236: Beholding the Beloved – Part I

Here, we listen to the first part of Reggie and Caroline’s concluding talk from their weekend program on consort relationship. They reflect on lessons learned in their own relationship, sharing insights about staying connected, the importance of daily meditation practice, and receiving the wholeness of the beloved. This talk was given in 2017 at a […]

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Episode 235: The Spiritual Journey of Intimate Relationship

Today, we listen to Reggie’s opening talk from an online course he taught on meditation and the journey of intimate relationship. He says that the tantric consort tradition shows us how to discover ever deeper levels of love and relationality with our partner. This excerpt is from a talk given in The Tantric Consort: Awakening […]

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Episode 234: Form Holds Freedom – Part II

In the second part of this talk on container principle, Reggie offers pith meditation instruction: let form hold experience. Using the example of ballet dancers doing plies, he says that fidelity to form in meditation practice allows us to discover true freedom. This talk was given in 2016 at the November Meditating with the Body retreat […]

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Episode 233: Form Holds Freedom – Part I

In the first part of this talk on container principle, Reggie says that mindfulness meditation is often used as a technique to try to stabilize the ego by creating a sense of control, perfectionism, and safety. True meditation holds and protects the raw, rugged, messy unfolding of the totality within us. This talk was given […]

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Episode 232: Heart of Awakening – Part II

In the second part of this talk on bodhicitta, Reggie says that after his enlightenment, the Buddha heard the cries of suffering in the world and felt a welling of compassion that compelled him to help free sentient beings from samsara through teaching the dharma. This excerpt is from a talk given in Awakening the […]

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Episode 231: Heart of Awakening – Part I

In the first part of this talk on the experience of bodhicitta as related to trauma, Reggie tells the story of how the Buddha’s experience unfolded on the night of his enlightenment, and describes his ultimate realization of Life in its totality. This excerpt is from a talk given in Awakening the Heart: A Somatic […]

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Episode 230: A Living Lineage

As a scholar of the history of religions, Reggie has a unique perspective on the way spirituality becomes codified by religious institutions. In this talk, he describes the historical development of orthodox structures in conventional Buddhism and discusses how the tradition is evolving as a living force in the modern world. This talk is excerpted […]

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Episode 229: Esoteric Tradition of the Body

Reggie comments on the tradition of Vajrayana meditation that he was trained in by his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. He says that, even though the teachings of the practicing lineage are widely offered, few people choose to make the full tantric journey. This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course, Awakening the Body: The Way of […]

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Episode 228: Karma and the Body – Part II

In the second part of this talk on karma and the body, Reggie describes how the ego freezes the natural flow of experience in the body through physical tensing. This tension is stored in our cells as condensed karma. This excerpt is taken from Meditating with the Body, a 5-month training program that included two […]

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Episode 227: Karma and the Body – Part I

In this talk, Reggie describes how traditional Buddhist teachings on karma relate to the process of liberation that unfolds in somatic meditation. The wisdom of the body, he says, leads us back to the natural state. This excerpt is taken from Meditating with the Body, a 5-month training program that included two residential retreats and […]

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Episode 226: Interconnection

In this talk, Reggie reflects on the joyful experience of interconnection we feel when we practice tonglen in an embodied way. In resting with the space of the earth, compassion emerges, and our connection with others becomes apparent. This talk was given at the 2007 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO. […]

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Episode 225: The Fierce Energy of Awareness

Following Reggie’s discussion of tradition and ritual in the last two episodes, we listen to a talk he offered on the compassionate energy of awareness. He says that we can invite this energy into our lives through offerings and chants, such as to Ritrö Gönpo, a manifestation of awareness who protects our practice and the […]

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Episode 224: Tradition and Ritual – Part II

Today, we listen to the second part of Reggie’s talk on ritual. In offering instruction on ritual in Vajrayana Buddhism, he introduces three chants that connect us to three domains of mystery: love, the body, and the unseen world. This talk was given at the 2006 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, […]

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Episode 223: Tradition and Ritual – Part I

In the first part of this talk on the place of tradition and ritual in Vajrayana Buddhism, Reggie discusses how symbolism, liturgy, and community can serve to help connect us with mystery as modern practitioners. This talk was given at the 2006 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-223-Tradition-and-Ritual-Part-I.mp3Podcast: Play in […]

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Episode 222: Awakening Through Relationship – Part III

In the third part of this series on consort relationship, Reggie says that the journey of awakening through relationship requires a commitment to receiving all aspects of our partner with love. In this way, the open way, liberation occurs through a relational journey of surrender and acceptance. This talk was given in 2016 at a […]

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Episode 221: Awakening Through Relationship – Part II

Here, in the second part of the opening keynote from Reggie and Caroline’s weekend program on the journey of consort relationship, Reggie discusses the somatic experiennce of beholding one’s beloved from the empty open state of being that is free from concepts, agendas, and territoriality. This talk was given in 2016 at a weekend program […]

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Episode 220: Awakening Through Relationship – Part I

In today’s episode, Reggie and Caroline are introduced to a public audience at Naropa University for a weekend program they taught together called Awakening Through Relationships: The Tantric Consort. Caroline opens the program with a talk on how consort relationship can serve as a path to realization. This talk was given in 2016 at a […]

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Episode 219: Life is Not a Problem

Reggie begins this talk by saying, “There is nothing wrong with anyone here.” When we approach meditation practice as a way to solve a problem, we miss the basic message of this lineage: that life is perfect, right now, as it is. This talk was given at the September 2005 Meditating with the Body retreat […]

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Episode 218: Growing Neurological Capacity

In this talk, Reggie discusses the neurological capacity that develops through the somatic practice of pure awareness. He says that an important step in the practice involves setting aside preconceptions about the goal of meditation. This excerpt is from a talk given in The Practice of Pure Awareness: Somatic Meditation for Touching Infinity, an audio […]

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Episode 217: Basic Sadness

Here, Reggie discusses the basic sadness we feel in relation to the fundamental loss of connection to the Source. This sadness gives rise to a longing to reconnect with it, which is the basis of the spiritual journey. This talk was given at the 2006 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO. […]

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Episode 216: Freedom for Life – Part II

In the second part of this talk on human freedom, Reggie describes how somatic meditation helps us “decode karma.” Unlike heaven oriented approaches to spirituality, the embodied journey involves releasing tension and opening to the totality of being. This talk was given in 2010 at the Insight Meditation Center in New York City. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-216-Freedom-for-Life-Part-II.mp3Podcast: Play […]

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Episode 215: Freedom for Life – Part I

In the first part of this talk on human freedom, Reggie describes the ways we become imprisoned in modern society. He says that when reality penetrates our numbness, longing is awakened for liberation. This longing leads us to the dharma. This talk was given in 2010 at the Insight Meditation Center in New York City. […]

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Episode 214: Direct Experience

Here, Reggie says that direct experience is the touchstone of the Buddhist tradition, and the gateway is the body. Through disembodiment, we lose our connection with reality and, therefore, our humanity. This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s online course called The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric Style of Embodied Meditation. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-214-Direct-Experience.mp3Podcast: Play in […]

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Episode 213: The Truth of Suffering

In this episode, Reggie introduces the first Noble Truth, the truth of suffering, in context of the somatic practice of pure awareness. He says that this ancient teaching allows us to see the reality of our lives, in this moment, as modern people. This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s online course called The Somatic Practice […]

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Episode 212: Somatic Descent

Here, Reggie introduces the practice of Somatic Descent. He says that when we touch the primordial body, the soma, we receive information about the practicalities of our everyday life. This excerpt is from a talk given in Somatic Descent: Experiencing the Ultimate Intelligence of the Body, an intensive training audio course produced by Sounds True. […]

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Episode 211: Gateway to the Awakened State

In this talk, Reggie says that we are born to fly in the eternity of our true nature. We long for the vastness and freedom of the awakened state, and this longing inspires us to become passionate about tasting this freedom in each moment of everyday life. This talk was given in 2010 at a […]

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Episode 210: Vajrayana Feast – Thanking the Lineage

In this episode, we listen to a talk Reggie offered at the close of a residential retreat intensive. He says that in the Vajrayana, we close retreats with a final banquet. It is a practice of making offerings to the ancestors, inviting the unseen world, and letting go into the “dark mysteries” of the lineage. […]

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Episode 209: Transitioning to the Practice of Pure Awareness – Part II

Here, Reggie discusses how the practice of pure awareness is the natural next step on the Dharma Ocean journey of somatic meditation after we have worked with and integrated the Awakening the Body practices. This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s upcoming online course called The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric Style of Embodied […]

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Episode 208: Transitioning to the Practice of Pure Awareness – Part I

In this talk from his upcoming online course, Reggie describes how he will guide us in transitioning from our foundation training in the “ground yana” bodywork practices to the sitting posture of the somatic practice of pure awareness. This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s online course called The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric […]

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Episode 207: Realm of the Inconceivable – Part III

In the final part of this talk on dark knowledge, Reggie says that in the tradition of the practicing lineage we understand that the body is the enlightened alaya—the primordial source of all experience. To trust the body, is to trust experience. No matter how surprising, painful, or inconceivable. This talk was given at the […]

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Episode 206: Realm of the Inconceivable – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the dark knowledge of the body, Reggie says that in the practicing lineage we learn how to rest with the soma and wait. What unfolds is a process of vertical transformation that fundamentally changes our existential state of being. This talk was given at the 2016 The […]

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Episode 205: Realm of the Inconceivable – Part I

Here, Reggie discusses the conceptual maps that we use to overlay experience. Direct experience, he says, is found in the body. It is the gateway to the dark knowledge of the soma: the totality that is beyond thought. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat […]

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Episode 204: The Bodhisattva Path – Part III

In the final part of this talk on the training of a bodhisattva, Reggie offers instruction on how the practice of somatic descent shows us how to attend to the body when we are activated in a relationship. Through the discipline of waiting, our activation dissolves, and we see the way of love. This talk […]

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Episode 203: The Bodhisattva Path – Part II

Here, Reggie describes the second step in the training of a Bodhisattva: the practice of Vajrayana maitri. He says that the way we heal our relationships with sentient beings is through healing the injured beings within us. This talk was given at the 2014 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in […]

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Episode 202: The Bodhisattva Path – Part I

In this episode, we listen to the first part of a talk Reggie offered at a Bodhisattva vow ceremony. He says that the first step in the training of a bodhisattva involves slowing down and opening to the wounded aspects of ourselves that we have cut off and banished. This talk was given at the […]

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Episode 201: The Living Water of Spirituality

Reggie offered this talk at the midway point in a month-long winter meditation retreat. He reminds the practitioners that meditation practice allows us to bring the living water of human spirituality into the dry desert of this suffering world. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the rocky mountains of […]

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Episode 200: The Yogic Tradition of Somatic Meditation

In this episode, Reggie asks us to relinquish Western conceptions of the body. He offers the view of the Vajrayana yogic tradition, in which the body is understood as not solid, but rather as an energetic expression of awareness. This talk was given at the 2003 Winter Dathün retreat held in the rocky mountains of […]

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Episode 199: Uncertainty

Here, Reggie says that mind states are like rainbows, they are apparent, but empty. True freedom is discovered when we stop trying to pin things down. To demonstrate this, Reggie offers an account of how it was impossible to pin Chögyam Trungpa down. This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathün retreat held in […]

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Episode 198: Connecting with the Ancestors

In this talk, Reggie reflects on the liberating experience that occurred in the space of a Dathün retreat after an embodied connection was established with the local ancestors and indigenous spirits of the natural world. This talk was given at the 2006 Winter Dathün retreat held in Crestone, CO. https://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-198-Connecting-with-the-Ancestors.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Episode 197: Meditation in the Modern World

In this episode, we listen to an excerpt from the opening talk of the first audio program Reggie recorded with Sounds True in 2003. He says that meditation helps us cut through the busyness and distractions of the modern world so that we can connect with our true life. This excerpt is from a talk […]

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Episode 196: The Flowering of Modern Buddhism – Part III

In the final part of this talk on Buddhism in the modern world, Reggie discusses the flowering of the three jewels: the Buddha as the lineage of emptiness; the Dharma as the profound teachings on meditation; and the sangha as the community of people who are at home in the loneliness, warmth, and craziness of […]

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Episode 195: The Flowering of Modern Buddhism – Part II

Here, Reggie asks: what makes meditation unique when compared to other approaches to health, well-being, exploration, and discovery? He says that it is the direct experience of emptiness found in the practice of completely letting go. This talk was given at the August 2009 Dhyanasangha weekend retreat held in Boulder, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-195-The-Flowering-of-Modern-Buddhism-Part-II.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]

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Episode 194: The Flowering of Modern Buddhism – Part I

In the first part of this talk on modern spirituality, Reggie says that organized religion is not the legacy of the Buddha, nor is the narcissistic materialism that underlies many individualistic approaches to meditation in global culture right now. This talk was given at the August 2009 Dhyanasangha weekend retreat held in Boulder, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-194-The-Flowering-of-Modern-Buddhism-Part-I.mp3Podcast: […]

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Episode 193: Every Mind State is Workable

In this talk, Reggie discusses the destabilizing process of somatic meditation. Practice, he says, opens space in our state of being that gives rise to surprising and unexpected experiences. This talk was given in April 2005 at the Meditating with the Body Retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-193-Every-Mind-State-is-Workable.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: […]

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Episode 192: Path of Opening Down – Part 2

In the second part of this talk on the journey of meditation, Reggie says that it is important to not hang on to anything in our practice. Integrity in meditation is opening to what is, not chasing daylight, and letting go of what we think. This talk was given in April 2005 at the Meditating […]

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Episode 191: Path of Opening Down – Part I

In this talk, Reggie says that the samsaric approach to chaos is to try to limit it, control it, and shut it down. The purpose of meditation is to make room for chaos. In doing this, we open to the unknown and the unencumbered birth of our life. This talk was given in April 2005 […]

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Episode 190: Working with Psychological Distress

Meditation allows space to open in our state of being for difficult, challenging, and distressing experiences to arise. Reggie says that these experiences are not pathological, but rather expressions of the unconscious calling for recognition and acceptance. This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course called Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-190-Working-with-Psychological-Distress.mp3Podcast: […]

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Episode 189: Shadowlands

Today, we listen to an excerpt from a talk Reggie offered on how the range of direct experience increases as we progress along the path of somatic meditation. He says that fear, anxiety, and apprehension in practice are often harbingers of awakening. This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course called Awakening the Body: The […]

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Episode 188: Spirituality and Religion

In this talk, Reggie discusses the difference between religion and spirituality. He says that religious traditions often gain inspiration from living spirituality, but there is a distinction: religions offer maps, while spirituality is the flame of meaning in one’s life. This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course called Awakening the Body: The Way of […]

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Episode 187: Wholehearted Commitment

In this episode, Reggie comments on how dependence on the teacher can stunt fundamental transformation. True growth, he says, requires unconditional commitment. Through letting go of options, we are cornered by the imperatives of the journey. This talk was given in 2010 as an audio journal entry for the sangha. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-187-Wholehearted-Commitment.mp3Podcast: Play in new window […]

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Episode 186: Tibetan Tantra: An Esoteric Tradition – Part II

In the second part of this talk on Vajrayana tantra, Reggie reflects on the somatic journey of becoming transparent to the cosmos through our own body. He says that the siddha tradition does not involve renunciation of worldly life, rather awakening unfolds within and through everyday experience. This talk was given in 2009 at a public […]

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Episode 185: Tibetan Tantra: An Esoteric Tradition – Part I

In this talk, Reggie comments on the esoteric tradition of Buddhist meditation that Chögyam Trungpa taught to Western students. He describes the terrifying experience of encountering a person who completely embodied empty open awareness: it inspired him to become naked to life. This talk was given in 2009 at a public program in San Francisco, […]

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Episode 184: Risk and Trust – Part III

Today, we listen to the third part of Reggie’s talk on the radical journey of individuation that occurs when we trust the inherent force of our unique karma. Through this process, we learn to let go of expectations and embody our individuality with integrity. This talk was given at the August 2009 Dhyanasangha weekend retreat […]

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Episode 183: Risk and Trust – Part II

Here, Reggie says that the true path of Dharma is risky because it leads to full disclosure of who we are. In the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, we cultivate a suspicion of spiritual ambition, narcissism, goals of attainment, and religious traditions. In this way, we become ever more naked to the bare reality of life. […]

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Episode 182: Risk and Trust – Part I

In the first part of this talk on the Vajrayana tradition, Reggie comments on the shocking nature of the meditative path of desire. He says that the wisdom of Buddhism is that is does not offer answers, but rather practices for realizing the lineage. It is the unconventional way of awakening. This talk was given […]

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Episode 181: Space, Energy, and the Elements – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the nature of space, Reggie discusses how the primordial expression of energy manifests as the five elementals: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Each element, he says, is inherently open and empty, and yet has qualities. He describes the qualities in detail. This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with […]

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Episode 180: Space, Energy, and the Elements – Part I

In this talk, Reggie speaks to a group of longtime practitioners about the elemental energies of the cosmos that we encounter on the journey of somatic meditation. When we work with the elements, he says, we contact the primordial energy of space that is ultimately beyond dualism. This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced […]

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Episode 179: Physical and Emotional Pain – Part III

In the final part of this talk on discomfort, Reggie discusses a second approach to working with painful emotions: to offer them to the lineage. By doing this, we discover that we are not alone, that our experience is worthy, and that it is okay to ask for help. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter […]

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Episode 178: Physical and Emotional Pain – Part II

Here, Reggie says that the pain we feel in meditation practice is a teacher, a gateway through which the body expresses the unconscious. When we welcome pain, we liberate reality. Suffering is the harbinger of enlightenment. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-178-Physical-and-Emotional-Pain-Part-II.mp3Podcast: Play […]

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Episode 177: Physical and Emotional Pain – Part I

The practice of siting meditation often gives rise to experiences of pain and discomfort. In this talk, Reggie offers instruction for working with pain on the meditation cushion. He says that pain is often caused by patterns of tension in our body that trap feelings that we don’t want to feel. This talk was given […]

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