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 held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

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 retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon England.

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 retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon England.

 

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 state of being.

This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

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 at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 242: The Edge of Fear

In this talk, The Edge of Fear, 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 – Beginning Practices for Physical, Emotional, an d Spiritual Fulfillment, an intensive audio training produced by Sounds True.

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, a video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 240: Initiation and Growth – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the journey of somatic meditation, Initiation and Growth, 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 held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Episode 239: Initiation and Growth – Part I

Episode-Initiation and Growth:  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 with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Episode 238: Way of the Siddhas

In Way of the Siddhas, 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 Breathing Body Volume II – Advanced Practices for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Fulfillment, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 237: Beholding the Beloved – Part II

In the closing talk of their weekend program on the path of consort relationship, Beholding the Beloved, 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 Through Relationship: The Tantric Consort. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 236: Beholding the Beloved – Part I

In Beholding the Beloved, 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 weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO called Awakening Through Relationship: The Tantric Consort. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 235: The Spiritual Journey of Intimate Relationship

In The Spiritual Journey of Intimate Relationship,  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 Through Relationship, an audio course produced by Sounds True.

 

Episode 234: Form Holds Freedom – Part II

In the second part of this talk on container principle, Form Holds Freedom, 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 held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Episode 233: Form Holds Freedom – Part I

In the first part of this talk on container principle, Form Holds Freedom, 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 in 2016 at the November Meditating with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Episode 232: Heart of Awakening – Part II

In the second part of this talk on bodhicitta – Heart of Awakening, 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 Heart: A Somatic Training in Bodhicitta, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

Episode 231: Heart of Awakening – Part I

In the first part of this talk on the experience of bodhicitta as related to trauma – Heart of Awakening, 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 Training in Bodhicitta, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

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, A Living Lineage, 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 from Reggie’s online course, Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation.

Episode 229: Esoteric Tradition of the Body

Episode: 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 Somatic Meditation.

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 residential retreats and a twelve unit at-home curriculum.

Episode 227: Karma and the Body – Part I

In this talk, Karma and the Body, 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 a twelve unit at-home curriculum.

Episode 226: Interconnection

In this talk, Interconnection, 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.

Episode 225: The Fierce Energy of Awareness

Epidode: 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 integrity of our spiritual journey.

This talk was given at the 2006 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO.

Episode 224: Tradition and Ritual – Part II

Today, we listen to the second part of Reggie’s talk on ritual – Tradition and 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, CO.

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