Ultimate bodhicitta

“When we talk about the openness of the heart, we mean it in a literal way. The space of the heart is so vast and so endless and so open, that there’s room for us to experience anything. Anything that wants to arise in our experience, our heart has this fundamental, eternal, infinite openness. The […]

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Episode 67: Stages of the Embodied Journey – Part II

In this episode, we listen to the second part of a talk Reggie gave on the stages of embodied meditation. Here he covers the Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Fifth Yana. He says that Mahayana practices of the heart awaken tenderness and love. Vajrayana practices meet our inspiration to become “a spontaneous expression of nature.” And, in […]

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Episode 53: Integrity Trumps Strategy

When working with a spiritual teacher, a community must consider how to carry on the lineage once the teacher dies. In this talk, Reggie says that the authentic lineage of Chögyam Trungpa will only survive into future generations if “integrity trumps strategy” and the individual journey of each student is held as inviolable. This talk […]

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Episode 52: A Living Lineage

In this episode, Reggie discusses the continuation of Chögyam Trungpa’s lineage within Dharma Ocean. Instead of worshipping the lineage footsteps of the past, Reggie encourages us to make a relationship with the lineage as a living force that is communicating within us right now. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathün, a month-long […]

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Episode 51: The Lineage of Chögyam Trungpa

This is a talk Reggie offered on the life and teachings of his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He discusses the Vajrayana foundations of Tibetan Buddhism, Trungpa’s early training as a Vajrayana master, and his unique expression of the dharma in the modern world. This talk was given in 2011 as part of a class on […]

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Episode 50: Christmas Reflections

Today, we’ll listen to brief excerpts from an assortment of talks Reggie gave on the life and teachings of Jesus from a Buddhist perspective. He explains how Jesus was a contemplative prophet who exemplified non-theistic compassion through his rejection of religious materialism and embrace of the pain and suffering of this world. He says that […]

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Episode 49: Holy Darkness

Winter solstice is a time of journeying inward, into the depths and darkness of our being. This podcast features excerpts from two talks Reggie gave on the importance of opening to darkness in spiritual practice. In the first excerpt, he explains how the difficult, ugly, and unwanted aspects of our experience hold tremendous richness and […]

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Episode 48: Meeting the Unknown

Today, Reggie discusses the narrow world of ego. We typically perceive the world beyond ego as shadows and darkness; however, when we enter the unknown depths of the body through the practice of meditation, we tap into the boundlessness of the universe. When we encounter this vast expanse, we can either take a risk and […]

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Episode 47: Unpacking Enlightenment

What does the word enlightenment really mean? How does it define Buddhist cultural roles and perceptions? Is the spiritual ideal of enlightenment really that helpful to modern meditators? These are some of the questions Reggie poses in this talk on the importance of deconstructing the concept of enlightenment and critically examining its pervasive use in […]

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Episode 46: Discovering the Dharma Anew

Buddhism is often seen as an organized Asian religion that is historically tied to entrenched power structures, authoritative texts, and definitive roles. In today’s episode, Reggie discusses the importance of giving up our ideas and preconceptions about the dharma and Buddhism. At this point in history, he says, many practitioners are called to take part […]

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Episode 45: Spirituality in the Modern World

The journey of meditation shows us how our ideas about everyday life are small, regimented, and suffocating. In this talk, Reggie explains that modern spirituality requires a certain bravery, a willingness to be dismantled by the raw reality of our humanity in the midst of everyday circumstances. It’s a journey that requires trust in the […]

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Episode 43: Primordial Fire

“There is no such thing as absolute nothingness. We think that there might be — that’s our deepest fear. As a practitioner, you run into nothingness, but there’s something more, there’s something deeper. And that deeper thing is the warmth of infinity, the warmth of eternity. The warmth arises as a fire, and that fire […]

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Episode 42: Inherent Perfection

In this episode, Reggie explains how meditating in an embodied way allows our lives to flow freely. We are used to thinking that we are never enough — that we are lacking in so many ways. The practice of meditation gives rise humor and joy, through the insight that our situation is actually always abundant […]

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Episode 41: Unconditional Acceptance

This week, Reggie reflects on the meaning of the first line of the Dharma Ocean aspiration chant: “May I develop an attitude of complete acceptance and openness to all situations, emotions, and to all people.” He explores this teaching in the context of Buddhist maitri practice, whereby we cultivate an attitude of loving-kindness toward ourselves. […]

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Willingness to Share Ourselves

“Strangely enough, at a certain point on the journey, the only way to go further is to actually begin to share it with others. And ‘it’ is not a body of teachings, it’s not a bunch of techniques, it’s not a lot of ideas—it is us, it’s our own life; it’s our willingness to share […]

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Never Surrender

“Within the human being there lives a flame of life that never really surrenders the possibility of wholeness, and never surrenders the possibility of our fulfillment as people.”

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The more alive we are, the more ready we are to die

“The more alive we are, the more ready we are to die. The more we feel life in its fullness and abundance, the more ready we are to let go of it. “Happiness and sadness also have a strange relationship. Somehow the more we work with our pain and the more willing we are to […]

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Watching Trungpa Rinpoche

“Watching Trungpa Rinpoche was like watching a star explode rather than watching the life of a person. It seemed far more cosmic than human.”

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Episode 40: Love Without Judgment

In today’s podcast, Reggie shows how freedom is found when we refrain from judging our experience. By embracing some aspects of experience and shunning others, we drive the painful, difficult, and unwanted parts of our being into the shadows. These tormented and damaged parts continue to operate, but without our knowledge, as unconscious neurotic behaviors. […]

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Developing the view

“The more we tap into our bodies and begin to listen to our bodies, the more we start to realize that a lot of what goes around in this culture is actually insane. Some of the indigenous teachers I’ve worked with have said to me that modern culture is in a state of social-psychosis, meaning […]

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Becoming very powerful

“You will find, over the course of your journey, that if you are willing to do the practice and follow this path, you will become very, very, very powerful people. Power in the sense of openness. Power in the sense of love for other people. Power in the sense of creativity. “You will become a […]

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The mind doesn’t know

“The mind doesn’t know. The mind really has no idea. But as long as we listen to the body, and we listen to our feeling about things, then each step becomes clear.”

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Episode 39: Trust in the Heart

In today’s teaching, Reggie shows how the fundamental truth of the universe is discovered within the human heart. To trust in the heart means being willing to open to what we are feeling and explore the immediacy of life, no matter what we might think about it. This takes courage because it demands vulnerability and […]

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When our sanity has disappeared

“We have to learn that when the lineage seems the furthest away, it’s the closest. And when our sanity seems to have disappeared into some other universe, it’s right here.”

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Flame of life

“Within the human being there lives a flame of life that never really surrenders the possibility of wholeness, and never surrenders the possibility of our fulfillment as people.”

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No answers outside

“There are no answers outside. Thinking of the Buddha himself, he came to the conclusion that the only answers were to be found within his own experience and his own state of being. He eventually separated himself from all of the given answers, and his enlightenment was nothing other than realizing that everything that was […]

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Wait to see what the situation needs

“When the rug is jerked out and we fall into a space of not knowing where we are or who we are or how to manage, initially there is a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear. But over time, we start to realize that in that open, empty, unconditioned moment there are a lot […]

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Episode 38: Life Force of the Heart

In this talk, Reggie emphasizes the importance of trusting in the heart on the journey of meditation. He describes how distracted we are by what we think our life is and how meditation brings us back to the true essence of our fundamental life force. The first stage in becoming more present to our life […]

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Episode 37: The Heart of Space

This week, we listen to a talk Reggie gave on the relationship between mahamudra meditation and the bodhicitta practice of awakening the heart. Mahamudra practice allows us to explore the vast space of reality as the ground of our basic nature. Practitioners of mahamudra sometimes think that the experience of unconditioned space is the endpoint […]

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Episode 36: Sacred World

In today’s episode, Reggie reflects on the sacredness of our human experience. When we relinquish our preconceptions and ideas about ourselves, he says, we glimpse how truly limitless our experience of life can be. This insight often awakens a longing in us to discover the full beauty and radiance of our world. “In the Vajrayana, […]

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Episode 35: Emotional Awakening – Part II

Today’s podcast features the second part of Reggie’s talk on the wisdom of emotions. Emotions in themselves, he says, are not a problem — they are simply explosions of awakened energy. The problem occurs when we attach self-referential storylines to emotions, judging and assigning meaning to them accordingly. If we look closely, we can see […]

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Episode 34: Emotional Awakening – Part I

A distinctive feature of Vajrayana Buddhism is the view that emotions are intelligent expressions of energy. Today, we begin listening to a talk Reggie gave on the role of emotions on the meditative journey. He says that to understand the wisdom of emotions, we must first understand how our ego habitually shuts out the vast […]

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Episode 33: The Intensity of Experience

“Confidence means willing to be with your experience with an open heart and not do anything about it — that’s the Vajrayana path.” In this episode, Reggie discusses how the ego reacts to the play of energy that arises when we open to vast space in the practice of meditation. Our mistake, he says, is […]

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Episode 32: Being with Energy

In today’s episode, we explore how energy manifests as the rich display of our personal experience: our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sense perceptions. Reggie offers that, rather than being a solid individual self, each of us is a continually unfolding process of energetic movement that is constantly arising from the emptiness of space. He says […]

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Episode 31: Mahamudra and Modern Physics

Today, Reggie invites us to consider a recent discovery in modern physics: that everything in the universe ultimately is born from nothing, from the universe itself down to the tiniest particles at subatomic levels. We are able to have direct experiential knowledge of this basic reality when we allow our limited viewpoints to dissolve into […]

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Episode 30: Deep Space — Birthplace of Creativity

“Deep space is completely unconditioned. It’s where everything that’s going to come to birth is held. It’s the origin — the source.” In today’s episode, Reggie explores how our relationship with deep space connects us with the fire of primordial creativity. Boycotting our impulses and waiting for true perception to arise, we discover a depth […]

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Episode 29: How Space Manifests as Protection

When there is a gap in our thoughts, or we suddenly lose track of who we are, that is a moment of protection—reality cuts through our habitual patterns, thus protecting our connection to the fundamental nature of everything. Reggie discusses the way that space—alive, vibrant, vivid space—serves as a protector, and he encourages us to […]

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Episode 28: Space and the Awareness of Space

“Space and the awareness of space. This is the basic message.” In today’s podcast, Reggie comments on this profoundly simple practice instruction. In meditation, he says, we learn to relate to the basic space of reality. However, when we experience the vastness of space — and lose our habitual reference points — we can experience […]

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Episode 9: Refuge in the Buddha

What does it mean to take refuge in the Buddha? In this episode, Reggie explores this question from the standpoint of the outer, inner, and secret dimensions of the Buddhist journey. He explains that fundamentally the Buddha is the very essence of our being — the very source of our life. This talk was given […]

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Episode 8: The Meaning of Refuge

Refuge is an important moment in the Buddhist journey. It is a ritual event in which we have the opportunity to commit to the practice of meditation as a spiritual path. In today’s talk, Reggie discusses how in taking refuge we learn to abandon distractions and leap to the choicelessness of each moment. This talk […]

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Episode 7: The Life and Legacy of the Buddha

As an historian of religions, Reggie has closely studied early Buddhist texts to better understand the human journey of the Buddha in ancient India. Today, we’ll listen to excerpts from three different talks Reggie has given on the life and legacy of the historical Buddha. He asks us to reconsider our assumptions about who the […]

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Episode 6: View of Renunciation

Renunciation is an important topic in the traditional teachings of the Buddha, and is commonly misunderstood. In today’s talk, Reggie explains that renunciation is not about turning away from our relative lives, but instead is a natural outgrowth of meditation practice. Renunciation spontaneously occurs when we stop following our habitual impulses and expectations in everyday […]

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Episode 5: Relating to Groundlessness

This week, Reggie addresses the experience of groundlessness that often occurs when we engage in intensive meditation practice. He explains how we can trust those moments when we lose our sense of identity and encourages us to open to the uncertainty we feel when we encounter the limitless domain of our being. This week’s episode […]

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Episode 4: Journey of Authentic Becoming

In this week’s episode Reggie expands on the topic of Buddha Nature offered in last week’s podcast. When we are able to surrender into our own basic nature, we begin to uncover our unique authentic person. Through the practice of meditation, we discover that the imperative of our spiritual journey is to become fully who […]

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Episode 3: Finding Purpose in Spirituality

Reggie discusses the unique spiritual imperative facing modern people and in particular the state of disconnection that is prevalent in modern society. He explores how invaluable the Buddhist-inspired journey is at this time and how we can discover our own Buddha Nature afresh in each moment through the felt sense of our embodied experience. Wisdom, he […]

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