Free Live Stream with Reggie Ray on August 27

We are beginning to broadcast teaching and practice sessions with Reggie Ray and our other senior teachers on our website. If you’re not already on our mailing list, click here to sign up to receive updates on upcoming online events, residential retreats and teachings. Join us on August 27 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT) for a […]

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Now Available: “The Training and the Path” – by Reggie Ray

Reggie recently completed The Training and the Path a 41 page document outlining the Dharma Ocean training path. In it he explains, “In the approach of this lineage, the unfolding of the human person through the many stages of life, and his or her spiritual development, are not two separate things; they are one and […]

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What is Somatic Meditation? – by Reggie Ray

Reggie recently wrote a piece titled “What is Somatic Meditation?” In it he remarks “In contrast to conventional approaches that emphasize entry through the intentional thinking of the conscious mind and following conceptual instruction templates, Somatic Meditation develops a meditative consciousness that is accessed through the feelings, sensations, somatic intuition, and felt sense of the […]

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The Temple of the Body

“Within the temple of the body, we discover everything that there is to be known, and everything we need to find out, to become who we are.” — Reggie Ray

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The Body of Enlightenment

“The vajra body, or the body of enlightenment, is the unfettered life of the heart. It is the flow of feeling, the cascade of emotions, the emptiness and openness and complete nakedness of our sensibilities and it is knowing that what sees in us, is our heart, not our mind.”— Reggie Ray

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Episode 92: Way of the Bodhisattva

Today, Reggie discusses the deep and unalterable commitment we feel when our hearts open to suffering in the world. This commitment is formally expressed as the Bodhisattva Vow. It involves a path of training that connects us to the source of love over and over again. This talk was given at the 2013 Winter Dathun […]

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Episode 91: Journey of the Heart

This week we’ll listen to a talk Reggie gave on the different stages of the bodhicitta practice of awakening the heart. He explains how our direct somatic experience of the heart unfolds as an ever increasing capacity to meet others with “unconditional, non-judgmental, all-accepting, infinite, unbiased love.” This talk was given at the 2013 Winter […]

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Episode 90: Awake Heart

In this talk, Reggie discusses the two aspects of an awake heart: absolute bodhicitta and relative bodhicitta. Absolute bodhicitta is the limitless space of our hearts and relative bodhicitta refers to the warmth that arises from that space and is expressed as love. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathun retreat held in […]

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Episode 88: Embodiment of Love

In this episode, Reggie discusses sitting meditation in context of the Mahayana stage of the journey. He says that our attention naturally shifts from the space in the lower belly to the space in the heart center. As our hearts awaken, we become more empathetic and begin to see relationships with greater clarity. This talk […]

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Including Our Own ‘Others’

“The basis of all love is the upwelling life force itself. If we are going to be able to extend that love out to all others, first we have to make room for our own ‘others’, and we have to learn how to love them. Our own others include all the despised parts of ourselves, […]

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Episode 87: Meeting Suffering with Compassion

In this talk, Reggie explains how the suffering we encounter in others serves as an invitation to grow beyond our trivial attempts at territoriality. Doing this requires a deep commitment to practice and a willingness to dismantle the blockages that distort our relationships with the world. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathün […]

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Living without Self-reference

” ‘Enlightenment’ isn’t really a very good word. In fact, did you know that there is no term in Sanskrit that corresponds to the word ‘enlightenment’? Not even close. What we’re talking about here, is nirvana. ‘Nirvana’ means the extinguishing of our narcissistic desires. In other words, it’s living without self-reference. ‘Nirvana’ means ‘to blow […]

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Episode 86: The Mahayana Journey

In this episode, we listen to excerpts from talks Reggie has given on the Mahayana stage of the meditative journey. He discusses how we awaken to the vast suffering of the world, and respond to the call in our hearts to meet this suffering with love. These excerpts are taken from talks given at a […]

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Episode 85: Inspiration in Sadness

In this talk, Reggie explores how human sadness points to a fundamental sense of disconnection from the totality. Sadness, he says, illuminates our longing to release the veils of ignorance and unite with the limitless space of being. It brings us to the cushion. This talk was given at the 2005 Winter Dathun retreat held […]

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The Field of the Heart

“The very nature of the heart is to make room. Truly, from a quantum mechanics point of view, the field of the heart extends to infinity. This is an actual fact — the kind of energy that the heart generates goes on forever. It becomes less and less as it goes out, but it never […]

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Episode 84: The Three Lords of Materialism

Chogyam Trungpa described The Three Lords of Materialism as the way ego apes spiritual practice as a means to fortify barriers against the world. In this talk, Reggie discusses how the Lord of Form, the Lord of Speech, and the Lord of Mind obstruct the journey of meditation. This talk was given at the 2013 […]

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The Living Water

“Our mission is to take the lid off our own life, and then to bring the living water to other people now. The more the lid comes off our own life, the more we are for others. It’s not that we’re helping people, but we’re pulling them into the dance. We’re pulling them into the […]

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Episode 83: The Joy of Chaos

Meditation is sometimes viewed as a means to control experience and keep emotions in check. In this talk, Reggie challenges that notion. He shows how meditation actually helps us surrender control, open to chaos, and relax into the messiness of life. This talk was given at the 2013 Winter Dathun retreat held in Crestone, CO. […]

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Episode 82: Renunciation

In this episode, Reggie looks at how the practice of sitting meditation is an expression of renunciation. He says that it helps us see all the ways we avoid reality. At first, the process of relinquishing our attachment to distractions leads to a sense of barren non-existence. But this nothingness is the gateway to the […]

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A World Beyond Our Projections

There is a world beyond our mind. There is a world beyond our projections. What kind of world is it? It is the world we encounter all the time, but don’t see. Everything that happens to us — from the Vajrayana point of view — is an expression of wisdom. — Reggie Ray

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Episode 81: Just Sitting

Shikantaza is the discipline of just sitting. In this talk, Reggie explains how the posture of Shikantaza helps us renounce our impulsivity so that we can open to the immediacy of the body. Through this discipline of “doing nothing,” the natural state of our being emerges, pure and unencumbered. This talk was given at the […]

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The Mystery of Our Existence

“Let your life be a mystery. We are always trying to figure out who we are and what our life means, but this leads nowhere. In fact, we may find that the more ordeals we pass through and the more wonders we see, the more the mystery of our existence deepens. And maybe the final […]

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Biting through the Obstacle

“Don’t push too hard with any aspect of practice. If you do, there will be a backlash and you won’t want to have anything to do with it for a while. But we also have to leap beyond our own laziness and hesitation — ‘biting through the obstacle’ as the I Ching says. It is […]

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Everything is Included

Everything that we are is not only acceptable on the path — it’s necessary on the path. One of our difficulties is that we’re trying to maintain a certain view of ourselves, and a certain image that we project to other people. And this is actually a great obstacle, because in order to follow the […]

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Freedom

“I invite you to consider that whatever you think about yourself is just learned behavior, and that within you, there is a part that knows that human freedom is possible for you. Freedom for what? Freedom to be who you are. Freedom to live your life. Freedom to experience all the pain and pleasure of […]

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Episode 80: Being with Pain

Reggie begins this talk by encouraging us to not run away from pain in meditation practice. He says that the experience of pain interrupts two main ego defaults in modern society: comfort and distraction. Pain wakes us up, corners our ego, and helps us deepen in our commitment to what is. This talk was given […]

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Freshness

“We’re always looking for something new because we think we think we know what we already have, and what we already are. But the fact of the matter is, that every moment of our human experience is fresh and new. Reality never repeats itself. Only the conceptual mind repeats itself. When we are disconnected from […]

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The Body is a Resource

“When we abide in our mind, we’re cut off from reality — we’re lost and we just cycle around and around and around in our thinking process, never really being able to see or feel or hear anything. But when we begin working directly with the body, we discover a resource and a voice that […]

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The Sacredness of Our Own Experience

“To be a human being is to be on a spiritual journey. To search for the sacred is to search into the depths of our own experience. There is no separation. We do not need a mediator between ourselves and the sacred because our lives already embody the sacred. We don’t need somebody standing at […]

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Open to Reality

“If we take the approach to reality that we cannot control it and that it has a depth of energy and logic and beauty and meaning that is completely beyond us; and accept the fact that we are, in some sense, at the mercy of reality, then we will be the kindest and the happiest […]

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Episode 79: Discipline, Meditation, Understanding

Shila, samadhi, and prajna translate as discipline, meditation, and understanding. In this talk, Reggie discusses how these three aspects are central to the practice of sitting meditation and how they help us commit to the gritty realities of our spiritual lives. These excerpts are taken from talks given at the 2013 Winter Dathun retreat held […]

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Sacredness

“Sacredness is in what life actually is — in taking joy in the fact that life is light and dark. It’s life and death. It’s sanity and insanity. There’s a huge dance that happens and that’s that’s where joy is found — that’s where freedom is found.” — Reggie Ray

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Judging Others

“As long as we judge other people, we really can’t love them. This is a very hard lesson for us, because we judge everybody. Meantime, many of us feel we love other people, but we love our version of other people, and that’s not loving other people. So, we have to begin with ourselves and […]

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Episode 78: Loss of Reference Points

In this episode, we listen to different teachings Reggie has given on the foundations of Hinayana practice. He says that the first step in discovering who we truly are involves letting go of our coherent sense of self and opening to uncertainty when reference points fall away. These excerpts are taken from talks given at […]

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Direct Experience

“The only true knowledge is experience itself. Everything else is secondary and derivative and driven by some kind of agenda. What we come to through our thinking mind is called second-order knowledge, because it’s not direct experience. The thing about experience though, is that you can’t go out and grab it; it’s what comes to […]

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What’s Really Important?

“We need to be able to ask ourselves what’s really important in our life; what are the moments in our life that have really meant something to us? And are we living in a way that is honoring the possibilities of this human life of ours — right now — or are we spending a […]

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Our Unique Purpose

“There is a deep drive in us —as there is in all of creation— to fulfill what is inside of us. People ask, “What’s the purpose of life?” And, particularly in our culture, there are hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, of books written to tell us what the purpose of life is. But unfortunately, it […]

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Episode 77: The Hinayana Stage of the Journey

Today, we explore teachings Reggie has given on the Hinayana stage of the meditative journey. He discusses the importance of committing to a daily meditation practice, renouncing habitual patterns, and developing kindness toward oneself. These excerpts are taken from talks given at the 2005 and 2010 Winter Dathun retreats held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-77-The-Hinayana-Stage-of-the-Journey.mp3Podcast: Play […]

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Life Invites Us Forward

“When we come up to an edge and life invites us forward, we know we may succeed and we know we may fail, but our trust is that we go ahead anyway. And if we succeed, we learn something; and if we fail, we learn something and failure itself becomes part of our journey. In […]

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Complete Non-judgment

“A lot of us know that we’re very judgmental of other people. But actually, the real judgmentalism is going on towards ourselves and our own experience. When we reject someone else, it’s actually a part of ourselves that we’re rejecting. When we push away someone else, it’s actually ourselves that we’re pushing away. So take […]

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Boundless Freedom

“I invite you to consider that whatever you think about yourself, it’s learned behavior; and that within you there is a part that knows that human freedom is something that’s not only possible for you, but that you’ll never be happy until you experience boundless freedom. Freedom for what? Freedom to be who you are. […]

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Episode 76: Vajra Body

“Vajra body” refers to the indestructible energetic body that is discovered when we explore our incarnation in a non-conceptual way. In today’s episode, Reggie discusses the dynamics of the Vajra body and how it lives independently of our hopes, fears, agendas, and identities. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathun – a month-long […]

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Episode 75: Opening to the Totality

In this talk, Reggie points to the fruition of embodied meditation – our minds become silent in face of the totality and the wildness of our inner being emerges free and unencumbered. Through this process, he says, we we change in unexpected ways because reality is not tidy, and life is not coherent. This talk […]

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The Buddha Nature of Your Own Body

“Ultimately, the journey comes from the arising within us of what’s needed. And the only person that is going to be able to receive that is you, because the location it’s arising out of is the Buddha nature of your own body.” — Reggie Ray, Dharma Ocean Foundation

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Episode 2: The Embodied Journey

Over the last fifteen years, drawing on Tibetan yoga, Reggie has developed a unique system of practices called Meditating with the Body. In this episode Reggie offers an introduction to the view of the body in Vajrayana Buddhism. He discusses the importance of the practice of meditation and the particular role of the body in meditation. […]

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Episode 1: River of Life

Reggie explores Buddhist tantra as a spiritual path and discusses inspiration in the practice of meditation. He offers guidance for how we develop trust in the magic and perfection of our lives and explores how the practice of meditation is about dismantling our doubt. This episode features a talk originally recorded during the 2010-11 Winter […]

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