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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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