Episode 176: Journey of Refuge

In this refuge ceremony talk, Reggie discusses the meaning of the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. He says that the ritual of refuge connects us with the lineage, the stream of awakened beings who we can call upon to assist us on the journey of meditation. This talk was given at […]

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Episode 175: Spirituality and Trauma – Part II

Here, Reggie explains how we heal trauma through identifying with the vast space and warmth of the earth. This “groundless ground” is the source of the life force that we work with in somatic meditation. It is a state of being that is whole and free. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body […]

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Episode 174: Spirituality and Trauma – Part I

In the first part of this talk on trauma and the spiritual journey, Reggie addresses the question: should we work with a therapist and heal our traumas before we engage the path of dharma? He says that the journey of somatic spirituality helps us understand that trauma is the human condition and, with meditation practice, […]

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Episode 173: Dignity in Depression

In this talk, Reggie discusses how the Meditating with the Body practices help us open to the wisdom of emotions. Emotions, like those associated with depression, can challenge our thinking, illuminate what is false, and invite us into a profound journey of individuation. This talk was given at the April 2006 Meditating with the Body […]

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Episode 172: Depression is a Gateway

Here, Reggie shows how depression can be a powerful force of transformation. He says that when we let go of thoughts and judgments, and take the energy of depression as an object of mindfulness, it can liberate us from the reference points that cause us to suffer. These selections are from the 2008 Winter Dathün […]

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Episode 171: Making Friends with Ourselves – Part III

Reggie begins the third part of this talk on maitri, by describing how Chogyam Trungpa made room for his students’ meltdowns. He says that we ourselves develop this capacity when we practice loving-kindness from an embodied space of emptiness. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain […]

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Episode 170: Making Friends with Ourselves – Part II

In part two of this talk on loving-kindness, Reggie discusses the second and third aspects of maitri practice: meeting our meltdowns with gentleness, and welcoming the damaged aspects of ourselves with love. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-170-Making-Friends-with-Ourselves-Part-II.mp3Podcast: Play […]

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Episode 169: Making Friends with Ourselves – Part I

At the beginning of this talk, Reggie says that maitri is a practice in which we make room for all of the things that go on for us that we typically think are unacceptable. By developing an attitude of loving-kindness toward ourselves, concepts fall away, and we realize that there is no “self” to judge. […]

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Episode 168: Knowing with the Heart – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the practice of bodhicitta shamatha and vipashayana, Reggie talks about how we experience the world when we see it through the eyes of the heart. It is a practice of knowing others from the standpoint of their experience. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathün […]

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Episode 167: Knowing with the Heart – Part I

In this talk, Reggie discusses the mahamudra approach to working with the heart in meditation practice. He says that the space of the heart shows us how to open beyond the ways we habitually shut down to feelings, experiences, and people. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing […]

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Episode 166: Open Heart – Part II

Reggie begins the second part of this talk on open heartedness by saying that “the heart, in its own state of being, is the awakened state.” Through somatic meditation practice, we discover the enlightened qualities of the heart: vast, free, warm, responsive, and without judgment. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves […]

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Episode 165: Open Heart – Part I

In working with the heart in our meditation practice, we may discover that we are not receptive to the feelings that arise in that space. In this talk, Reggie discusses the ways we defend against experiences of vulnerability when we judge uncomfortable feelings. This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held […]

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Episode 164: Rooted in Community

Organized religions have a history of denying the indigenous roots of human spirituality. In this talk, Reggie says that as meditators we are recovering a primordial connection with the land, our deep ancestors, and the vast community of all beings. This talk was given at the 2006 Winter Dathün retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-164-Rooted-in-Community.mp3Podcast: […]

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Episode 163: The Practicing Lineage

Here, Reggie points to the immensity of the space at the core of our being. He says that in the practicing lineage eternity is our guide—not books, philosophy, or intellect. It is through meditation that our ideas about reality fall away and we connect directly with the fire of the life force. This talk was […]

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Episode 162: Noble Silence

In this talk, Reggie addresses Winter Dathün retreatants who are entering the third week of a month long meditation retreat. He encourages them to honor the practice of silence so as to more fully abide in the depths of being. This talk was given at the 2005 Winter Dathün retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-162-Noble-Silence.mp3Podcast: […]

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Episode 161: The Dathün Journey

Here, Reggie offers an overview of the spiritual journey that unfolds in a month long Winter Dathün meditation retreat. He says that when we surrender to the practice forms of a Dathün, impulsiveness and distraction dissolve and we discover a vast inner world. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in […]

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Episode 160: Human Freedom

In meditation retreat we commit to a practice container that is designed to decrease distraction. In this talk, Reggie discusses the wisdom that awakens when we surrender to sacred forms: we relax, our minds settle, and we discover the river of our true life. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held […]

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Episode 159: Entering Retreat

This is Reggie’s opening talk to a cohort of meditators at the beginning of month-long meditation retreat. He explains that in retreat we enter a liminal space where conventional logic doesn’t apply. In letting go, we become sensitive to the suffering and magic of the world. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün […]

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Episode 158: Drop to the Depths – Part II

In the second half of this talk on the importance of relating to the depths in meditation practice, Reggie explains how our relationship with the earth unlocks the reality of the unseen world. The Vajrayana journey is about becoming intimate with the reality we discover there. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathün […]

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Episode 157: Drop to the Depths – Part I

Vajrayana teachers show us how to drop into the depths of being. In this talk, Reggie talks about the feminine reality that we encounter when we descend into the space of the earth. Through the process of ego dissolution, we arrive at a blissful point of union with the pure love of our true mother. […]

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Episode 156: Thread of Relativity – Part III

This is the third part of Reggie’s talk on the Vajrayana approach to the practice of shamatha and vipashyana. He explains how meditation teaches us to ignore what we think about our life and instead follow the sacred thread of relativity. It’s a very daring approach because we have no idea where the thread might […]

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Episode 155: Thread of Relativity – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the practice of shamatha and vipashyana, Reggie says that the process of meditation allows us to connect with the vast, empty, boundless quality of awareness. This space compels us to drop preoccupations and connect with our lust for relative experience. This talk was given at the 2008 […]

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Episode 154: Thread of Relativity – Part I

In this talk, Reggie discusses the two main aspects of the practice of meditation: shamatha and vipashyana. Through shamatha, we learn to step away from our thinking. Vipashyana is a discovery of how things actually are. This meditative process is the gateway to discovering the dynamic play of relative life. This talk was given at […]

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Episode 153: Touching the Totality

In this talk, Reggie encourages us to use the tools offered in the Tibetan tradition of Vajrayana meditation to receive the message of eternity offered in each moment of experience. The purpose of life is discovered, he says, when we touch the totality. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathün retreat held at […]

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Episode 152: Fire of Experience – Part II

Today, we listen to the second half of Reggie’s talk on how we cultivate an unmediated relationship with experience through the practice of meditation. He says that ego shuts down the life of experiences through judgment. When we stop judging, the life force becomes free. This talk was given at the 2011 Advanced Meditating with […]

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Episode 150: The Purpose of Ritual

Today, we listen to a teaching Reggie offered on the purpose of ritual on the path of meditation. The context is a lhasang fire offering, a Vajrayana ritual often engaged at the beginning of retreats. He says that ritual is the primordial language used to communicate with the unseen world. This talk was given at […]

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Episode 149: Dancing with the Unseen World

In this talk, Reggie discusses how the beings of the unseen world protect us when they interrupt the expectations of ego. Our relationship with the unseen world, he says, is essential to the success of retreat. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, […]

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Episode 148: The Power of Posture

Here, Reggie discusses how we suffer when we freeze against the natural flow and movement of experience. This defensiveness is expressed as holding and tension in the body. In somatic meditation, we release tension and liberate the karma of unlived experiences. This talk was given at the 2003 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky […]

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Episode 147: Holding Experience

In this episode, we listen to a talk Reggie offered on the importance of holding our experience. When we remain rooted in our bodies, no matter the intensity of the energy we feel, we liberate karma from cyclical patterns of existence. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing […]

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Episode 146: Welcoming Confusion

When we open to the depths of space in meditation practice, tremendous energy arises in our state of being. In this talk, Reggie offers a teaching on how to relate to the intensity of energy in a straightforward way. He says that when we sit with energy, confusion transforms into compassion. This talk was given […]

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Episode 145: Offering to the Fire

In this talk, Reggie offers a teaching on the practice of lhasang: a ritual in which we offer our ego to a fire. In offering our agendas, ambitions, judgments, and self-importance we become ever more empty, open, and free. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of […]

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Episode 144: The Human Soul

In this talk, Reggie addresses the conventional Buddhist notion of “no-soul.” He says that, from the perspective of Vajrayana Buddhism, the soul is the essential nature that transcends life and death. It is felt in the constantly unfolding sacredness and individuality of our unique personhood. This talk was given at the 2011 Advanced Meditating with […]

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Episode 143: When Reality Strikes – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the journey of dharma, Reggie says that fundamental personal transformation involves stripping away ego identifications and opening to vastly different states of being. Like Indra’s net, we discover that our life is a reflection of the entire universe. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathün […]

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Episode 142: When Reality Strikes – Part I

In this talk, Reggie says that the true dharma is always a surprise. When reality strikes, our lives are upended and we are presented with a choice: leap to the groundlessness, or try to shore up the bubble of ego. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain […]

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Episode 141: We Are All Hard Cases

In today’s episode, Reggie acknowledges the bravery and courage we exhibit when we make the journey together as a community of practitioners who love and care for one another. In spite of our fears, we take a chance on love. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain […]

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Episode 140: Ocean of Love – Part II

In the second part of this talk on love, Reggie discusses the ways in which we turn away from the intimacy of space. He says that in retreat, we learn how to open to the fundamental emptiness of our lives. From that emptiness, energy is born. The question is: are we willing to rest in […]

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Episode 139: Ocean of Love – Part I

In this talk, Reggie says that we are all held in an ocean of love. This love is the fundamental nature of the universe, and within it we progress through our lives, always invited to an experience of open heartedness that connects with all that is. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathün […]

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Episode 138: Healing Beyond Dependency

Here, Reggie discusses the journey of empowerment that occurs when we work with gifted healers. True healers, he says, enable us to individuate and develop a direct relationship with reality that is free of the trappings of psychological dependency. This talk was given at the 2010 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat […]

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Episode 137: Loving Kindness – Part II

This week we listen to the second part of Reggie’s talk on cultivating gentleness and openness toward all aspects of life through the practice of maitri. Loving-kindness, he says, begins with ourselves: we establish a ground of trust, simplify our lives, sit with experience, and don’t judge anything. This talk was given at the 2003 […]

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Episode 136: Loving Kindness – Part I

In this talk, Reggie addresses the pervasive culture of self-hatred that drives aggression and the forces of destruction in our world. He says that when we meditate with a heart of loving-kindness, our defenses soften and we discover an experience of space that is free from the distortions of self-aggression. This talk was given at […]

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Episode 135: Guests for Tea – Part II

Today we listen to the second part of Reggie’s talk on the practice of developing loving-kindness for the difficult and unwanted aspects of life. He says that when we stop judging ourselves, open to the wisdom of our emotions, and honor the upwelling of the life force within us, there is an opportunity to discover […]

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Episode 134: Guests for Tea – Part I

In today’s episode, Reggie discusses the ways we hold our lives hostage through judgment, self-criticism, and perfectionism. Maitri, he says, employs the inherent power of loving-kindness to naturally shift self-aggressive tendencies. It is a practice that helps us open to the unwanted guests knocking at the door. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter […]

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Episode 132: The Indian Siddhas – Part I

In this talk, Reggie discusses the mahasiddhas of ancient India: ordinary people who attained realization in the midst of everyday life. Their example, he says, reminds us of how spiritual transformation occurs within the exact circumstances of our unique lives. This talk is from Buddhist Tantra, an audio course produced by Sounds True. Reggie’s audio training program, The Practice of Pure Awareness: Somatic Meditation […]

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Episode 131: Our Basic Nature

In today’s episode, we listen to a talk Reggie gave on the bright space of our inner being that we discover through the practice of meditation. Practice, he says, unites our relative life with the freedom of infinity. This talk was given at the 2014 Winter Dathun retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-131-Our-Basic-Nature.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Episode 130: Pure Awareness

In today’s talk, Reggie discusses the importance of posture in the practice of pure awareness, and addresses recent historical scholarship regarding the contributions of Chan Buddhism in the development of Mahamudra practice in Tibet. These discoveries, he says, demonstrate the flexible dynamism and open-endedness of the Mahamudra tradition. This talk was given at the 2014 Mahamudra for the Modern World retreat held in Crestone, […]

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Episode 127: Being Genuine – Part I

Today, Reggie warns of the dangers of using spiritual language, teachings, and forms to hide our humanity. He says that the dharma is not a commodity. To teach the true dharma, we must practice regularly, speak directly from personal experience, and show up as we are. This talk was given at the 2012 Winter Dathun […]

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Episode 126: Journey of Sacred Relationship

In today’s talk, Reggie discusses the importance of the consort relationship in the vajrayana transmission of the practicing lineage. Consorts, he says, protect the openness of teaching spaces by interrupting attempts at securing territory. This groundlessness allows the lineage to come through. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathun retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-126-Journey-of-Sacred-Relationships.mp3Podcast: Play in new […]

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Episode 125: Non-Theism

In this talk, Reggie discusses the non-theistic view of the spiritual journey. Theism, he says, is an approach to spirituality marked by an allegiance to ideas about purity, brightness, and heavenly perfection. Non-theism, on the other hand, celebrates the cycle life and death, euphoria and depression, clarity and confusion. It is an embrace of life in its totality. This talk […]

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Episode 124: Wisdom in Discomfort

Today, Reggie discusses the claustrophobia we feel when we commit to the tight confines of a retreat environment.  A good retreat, he says, is very uncomfortable from the standpoint of ego. There is wisdom in the discomfort: by not getting what we want, we are forced to drop our preoccupations and relax into what is. This talk was given at the at […]

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Episode 123: Consort Relationship – Part II

The Vajrayana tradition of spirituality views the consort relationship is as a skillful gateway to non-dual awakening. In this talk, Reggie discusses the consort journey. He says that consorts help liberate one another from fixed points of view by continually challenging each other’s versions of reality. This talk was given at the September 2009 Meditating with […]

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Episode 122: Consort Relationship – Part I

The Vajrayana tradition of spirituality views the consort relationship as a skillful gateway to non-dual awakening. In this talk, Reggie discusses the consort journey. He says that consorts help liberate one another from fixed points of view by continually challenging each other’s versions of reality. This talk was given at the September 2009 Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO. […]

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Episode 121: Born for Joy

Spiritual materialism is an approach to meditation in which we fixate on goals and perfection, and try to secure a sense of accomplishment. In this talk, Reggie challenges this notion. He says that true spirituality is actually a journey into the grittiness of our humanity. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathun retreat […]

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Episode 120: An Equal Footing

In today’s talk, Reggie says that true spiritual empowerment happens when we surrender to the raw expressive force of our unique incarnation. Doing this requires that we let go of unhelpful ideas about spiritual hierarchy and trust the natural process of awakening to our true nature. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathun retreat held in Crestone, […]

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Episode 118: Recovering the Primordial – Part I

Today’s talk is from a weekend retreat Reggie co-led with his spiritual brother, the Dagara shaman, Malidoma Somé. Here, Reggie draws upon his training as a religious historian to discuss the alienating movement away from earth based spirituality in the development of the so-called high religions of agricultural civilizations. This talk was given in 2008 at a weekend retreat in […]

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Episode 117: Spirituality is Not a Spectator Sport

In this episode, Reggie discusses embodiment on the spiritual journey. He says that oftentimes we approach meditation as spectators – always a step removed from direct experience. Embodied meditation, however, invites us to enter the full action of our lives. This talk was given at the April 2007 Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-117-Spirituality-is-Not-a-Spectator-Sport.mp3Podcast: Play […]

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Episode 115: Beyond Ego

Reggie begins this talk by saying, “The view of ego is a personal, solid, sense of self that we have to maintain at all costs.” He discusses how the view of ego is reflected in the rampant materialism of the modern world, and explains how ritual can help us transcend the trap of ego. This talk was given at […]

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Episode 114: Beyond Religion

In this talk, Reggie addresses the topic of religiosity in Buddhism. He says that ritual forms are problematic when seen as separate and external from our inner being, but can be helpful when related to as an expression of our enlightened nature. This talk was given at the 2005 Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-114-Beyond-Religion.mp3Podcast: […]

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Episode 113: Unconventional Logic

Trungpa Rinpoche taught that there are two orders of logic in the universe: the conventional rationality of ego, and the principle of chaos. In this talk, Reggie explains how the job of the vajrayana teacher is to communicate the principle of chaos. This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathun retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of […]

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Episode 112: Life and Death

In today’s talk, Reggie discusses the karmic cycle of birth, existence, death, and rebirth. He says that by learning to open to karmic cycles in the situations of our lives, we can relinquish our resistance to change, and allow life to emerge free and unencumbered. This talk was given at the 2003 Winter Dathun retreat held in Crestone, CO. […]

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Episode 111: Buddhist Tantra

In this talk, Reggie discusses the esoteric tradition of Buddhist tantra. He explains that there is powerful intelligence in human desire – it awakens in us a longing to unite with experience in raw and direct ways. This excerpt is from a talk given in Buddhist Tantra, an audio course produced in 2003 by Sounds True, and available for download in […]

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Episode 110: Dissolution

In today’s episode, we hear Reggie’s instruction to a group of practitioners who are coming to the end of a meditation retreat. Such transitions, he says, are opportunities to discover our inherent dignity in the face of death, dissolution, and rebirth. These excerpts are from talks given at the 2002 Winter Dathun retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of […]

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Episode 109: Continuity

In this episode, we listen to remarks Reggie offered during the first staff meeting at the Meditating with the Body Teacher Training that was held last week at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center. He explains that tantra is the energetic continuity that lies beneath our habitual ideas and concepts about our lives, and that Vajrayana practitioners […]

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Episode 108: Eternity in Ordinary Life

In this talk, Reggie discusses the experience of fruition on the path of meditation. He says that at a certain point the spiritual identity falls away completely and eternity communicates through each moment of ordinary life. It is basic being – we are completely aligned with the karmic situation of our unique incarnation. This talk was […]

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Episode 107: Naked to the World

In this episode, Reggie discusses the fullest expression of being human. It means being completely naked to our world and seeing that each moment and situation of our life is a constant expression of wisdom. These excerpts are from talks given at the 2006 Advanced Meditating with the Body and 2013 Winter Dathun retreats held in Crestone, CO. […]

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Episode 106: Letting Go

In this episode, Reggie discusses the need to eventually relieve ourselves of the notion of a spiritual path altogether. While the path of meditation is essential to deepening and maturing as human beings, at a certain point, we realize that we need to drop even the reference point of our spiritual identity. These excerpts are from talks given at […]

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Episode 105: Yana of Life

Today we’ll listen to excerpts from talks Reggie has given on the last stage of the meditative journey. These teachings launch from the Dzogchen tradition, but refer to an experience of reality that is truly beyond any formulation whatsoever. This talk was given at the 2005 Winter Dathun retreat held in Crestone, CO. http://media.blubrry.com/dharma_ocean/p/s3.amazonaws.com/DOPodcast/Pcast-105-Yana-of-Life.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Episode 104: Transmuting Poison

In this episode, we listen to a talk Reggie offered on how to work with obstructive states of mind. He says that the Vajrayana approach of working with difficult emotions is likened to a mythical peacock transmuting poison: we make a direct relationship with the defiling emotion and free inherent wisdom within the energy. This excerpt is from a talk […]

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Episode 103: Genuine Intimacy

Today, Reggie addresses the importance of integrity in the transmission of a Vajrayana lineage. He explains that genuine spirituality in the Vajrayana tradition requires a personal relationship with a teacher, participation in a community, and an ongoing commitment to practice. This talk was given at the 2011 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat […]

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Episode 102: Decivilizing the Vajrayana Part II

Today, we listen to the second part of a talk Reggie gave on the radical roots of Vajrayana practice. He explains how Vajrayana Buddhism was originally a wild spirituality that was practiced in jungles, but is now a largely abstract and domesticated religion. Our challenge, he says, is to recover the authentic primordiality of the tradition. […]

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Episode 101: Decivilizing the Vajrayana Part I

Today, we listen to the first part of a talk Reggie gave on the radical roots of Vajrayana practice. He explains how Vajrayana Buddhism was originally a wild spirituality that was practiced in jungles, but is now a largely abstract and domesticated religion. Our challenge, he says, is to recover the authentic primordiality of the tradition. This talk was given […]

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Episode 100: Wisdom Energies

In today’s episode, Reggie discusses how space gives birth to warmth and how warmth is expressed as the selfless wisdom energies of the vajra body. By opening to these energies without agenda, conception, or manipulation, we discover the empty play of unborn awareness as an experience of embodiment. This excerpt is from a talk given in Mahamudra for the Modern World, a […]

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Episode 99: Empowerment

In this talk, Reggie looks at the Vajarayana lineage of empowerment. He says that empowerment occurs when the student experiences limitless freedom, love for what is, and the inherent beauty of life. The job of a Vajrayana teacher is to create situations in which empowerment can occur. This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with the Body […]

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Episode 98: Experience is Trustworthy

In this episode, we explore the ground, path, and fruition of the Vajrayana journey. Reggie explains that the ground involves seeing the sacredness of reality, the path involves learning to trust experience, and the fruition is the wonder of revelation that occurs in each moment of life. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathun retreat held in […]

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Episode 97: Ultimate Positivity

In this talk, Reggie says that when we let go of our limited ideas about life, we encounter a vast and brilliant world – the vajra world – that communicates with us through unexpected signs. These signs invite us into the dance of reality, the joy of being, and the boundless love of our true nature. This talk was given at […]

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Episode 96: Fearlessness

In today’s episode, we listen to an excerpt from a talk Reggie gave on the topic of fearlessness in the Vajrayana tradition of spiritual transformation. Fearlessness, he says, does not mean being without fear. Rather, it’s the willingness to open to fear and experience the messy parts of life that we normally reject and relegate to the periphery of our awareness. […]

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Episode 95: The Vajrayana Stage of the Journey

Today we listen to excerpts from talks Reggie has given on the Vajrayana stage of the meditative journey. He says that Vajrayana practice involves a shocking process of dismantling the territory of ego, and we become very naked, stripped down, and open. These excerpts are taken from talks given at a variety of public retreats held in Crestone, […]

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Episode 94: Enlightened Action

In this talk, Reggie looks at how the Mahayana training of the Bodhisattva transitions to the Vajrayana stage of the journey. He says that inborn wisdom naturally emerges in our state of being when we engage in helping beings. At a certain point, this wisdom compels us to let go further and meet the sacredness of all reality. This talk was […]

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Episode 93: Three Commitments of a Bodhisattva

In this episode, we listen to a talk Reggie offered on the three commitments of a bodhisattva. The three commitments are: caring for our life, caring for beings, and caring for the world. He says that these commitments help us expand beyond our tendencies toward self-preservation so that we can be more authentic in our […]

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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 89: Dark Knowledge

In today’s episode, Reggie talks about dark knowledge – the intelligence of the body that communicates to us from the periphery of conscious awareness. He explains that every cell of the body holds this knowledge, but it only becomes accessible to us through our hearts. This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathun retreat […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Episode 74: Meditating with the Earth

In this episode, Reggie discusses the earth as an elemental reality that defies conceptuality. He explores several of the earth’s different aspects – it is the source of all life, our original mother, and connects us to the potent wildness inherent in all being. These excerpts are taken from talks given at the 2007 Meditating […]

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Episode 73: Inner Pilgrimage of the Body

In this episode, Reggie discusses the importance of spiritual pilgrimage in Vajrayana meditation. He says that visiting sacred sites in the world reflects the tantric tradition of outer pilgrimage, and journeying through the sacred landscapes of the body is an expression of inner pilgrimage. This talk was given in 2009 at a retreat held in […]

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Episode 72: Bodywork in Daily Practice

In this teaching, Reggie comments on the role of the body in daily meditation practice. He says that modern people often approach meditation as a means to get out of the body. But without an openness to pain, feelings, traumas and memories, there is no journey – we don’t grow. This talk was given in […]

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