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.

Episode 222: Awakening Through Relationship – Part III

Episode – Awakening Through Relationship Part III: In the third part of this series on consort relationship, Reggie says that the journey of awakening through relationship requires a commitment to receiving all aspects of our partner with love. In this way, the open way, liberation occurs through a relational journey of surrender and acceptance.

This talk was given in 2016 at a weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 221: Awakening Through Relationship – Part II

In Awakening Through Relationship Part II, in the second part of the opening keynote from Reggie and Caroline’s weekend program on the journey of consort relationship, Reggie discusses the somatic experiennce of beholding one’s beloved from the empty open state of being that is free from concepts, agendas, and territoriality.

This talk was given in 2016 at a weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 220: Awakening Through Relationship – Part I

In today’s episode,Awakening Through Relationship Part I,  Reggie and Caroline are introduced to a public audience at Naropa University for a weekend program they taught together called Awakening Through Relationships: The Tantric Consort. Caroline opens the program with a talk on how consort relationship can serve as a path to realization.

This talk was given in 2016 at a weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 219: Life is Not a Problem

Reggie begins this talk by saying, Episode – Life is Not a Problem: “There is nothing wrong with anyone here.” When we approach meditation practice as a way to solve a problem, we miss the basic message of this lineage: that life is perfect, right now, as it is.

This talk was given at the September 2005 Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO.

Episode 218: Growing Neurological Capacity

In this talk, Growing Neurological Capacity, Reggie discusses the neurological capacity that develops through the somatic practice of pure awareness. He says that an important step in the practice involves setting aside preconceptions about the goal of meditation.

This excerpt is from a talk given in The Practice of Pure Awareness: Somatic Meditation for Touching Infinity, an audio course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 216: Freedom for Life – Part II

In the second part of this talk on human freedom, Freedom for Life, Reggie describes how somatic meditation helps us “decode karma.” Unlike heaven oriented approaches to spirituality, the embodied journey involves releasing tension and opening to the totality of being.

This talk was given in 2010 at the Insight Meditation Center in New York City.

Episode 215: Freedom for Life – Part I

In the first part of this talk on human freedom, Freedom for Life, Reggie describes the ways we become imprisoned in modern society. He says that when reality penetrates our numbness, longing is awakened for liberation. This longing leads us to the dharma.

This talk was given in 2010 at the Insight Meditation Center in New York City.

Episode 214: Direct Experience

In Direct Experience, Reggie says that direct experience is the touchstone of the Buddhist tradition, and the gateway is the body. Through disembodiment, we lose our connection with reality and, therefore, our humanity.

This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s online course called The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric Style of Embodied Meditation.

Episode 213: The Truth of Suffering

In this episode, The Truth of Suffering, Reggie introduces the first Noble Truth, the truth of suffering, in context of the somatic practice of pure awareness. He says that this ancient teaching allows us to see the reality of our lives, in this moment, as modern people.

This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s online course called The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric Style of Embodied Meditation.

Episode 212: Somatic Descent

In Somatic Descent, Reggie introduces the practice of Somatic Descent. He says that when we touch the primordial body, the soma, we receive information about the practicalities of our everyday life.

This excerpt is from a talk given in Somatic Descent: Experiencing the Ultimate Intelligence of the Body, an intensive training audio course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 211: Gateway to the Awakened State

In this talk, Gateway to the Awakened State, Reggie says that we are born to fly in the eternity of our true nature. We long for the vastness and freedom of the awakened state, and this longing inspires us to become passionate about tasting this freedom in each moment of everyday life.

This talk was given in 2010 at a public program in San Francisco, CA.

Episode 210: Vajrayana Feast – Thanking the Lineage

In this episode, Vajrayana Feast – Thanking the Lineage, we listen to a talk Reggie offered at the close of a residential retreat intensive. He says that in the Vajrayana, we close retreats with a final banquet. It is a practice of making offerings to the ancestors, inviting the unseen world, and letting go into the “dark mysteries” of the lineage.

This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 209: Transitioning to the Practice of Pure Awareness – Part II

In Transitioning to the Practice of Pure Awareness – Part II, Reggie discusses how the practice of pure awareness is the natural next step on the Dharma Ocean journey of somatic meditation after we have worked with and integrated the Awakening the Body practices.

Episode 208: Transitioning to the Practice of Pure Awareness – Part I

In this talk from his upcoming online course, Transitioning to the Practice of Pure Awareness – Part I, Reggie describes how he will guide us in transitioning from our foundation training in the “ground yana” bodywork practices to the sitting posture of the somatic practice of pure awareness.

This excerpt is taken from Reggie’s online course called The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric Style of Embodied Meditation.

Episode 207: Realm of the Inconceivable – Part III

In the final part of this talk on dark knowledge, Realm of the Inconceivable, Reggie says that in the tradition of the practicing lineage we understand that the body is the enlightened alaya—the primordial source of all experience. To trust the body, is to trust experience. No matter how surprising, painful, or inconceivable.

This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 206: Realm of the Inconceivable – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the dark knowledge of the body, Realm of the Inconceivable, Reggie says that in the practicing lineage we learn how to rest with the soma and wait. What unfolds is a process of vertical transformation that fundamentally changes our existential state of being.

This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 205: Realm of the Inconceivable – Part I

In Realm of the Inconceivable, Reggie discusses the conceptual maps that we use to overlay experience. Direct experience, he says, is found in the body. It is the gateway to the dark knowledge of the soma: the totality that is beyond thought.

This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 204: The Bodhisattva Path – Part III

In the final part of this talk on the training of a bodhisattva, The Bodhisattva Path, Reggie offers instruction on how the practice of somatic descent shows us how to attend to the body when we are activated in a relationship. Through the discipline of waiting, our activation dissolves, and we see the way of love.

This talk was given at the 2014 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 203: The Bodhisattva Path – Part II

In The Bodhisattva Path, Reggie describes the second step in the training of a Bodhisattva: the practice of Vajrayana maitri. He says that the way we heal our relationships with sentient beings is through healing the injured beings within us.

This talk was given at the 2014 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 202: The Bodhisattva Path – Part I

In this episode, The Bodhisattva Path – Part I, we listen to the first part of a talk Reggie offered at a Bodhisattva vow ceremony. He says that the first step in the training of a bodhisattva involves slowing down and opening to the wounded aspects of ourselves that we have cut off and banished.

This talk was given at the 2014 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 201: The Living Water of Spirituality

Episode – The Living Water of Spirituality: Reggie offered this talk at the midway point in a month-long winter meditation retreat. He reminds the practitioners that meditation practice allows us to bring the living water of human spirituality into the dry desert of this suffering world.

This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the rocky mountains of Colorado.

Episode 200: The Yogic Tradition of Somatic Meditation

In this episode, The Yogic Tradition of Somatic Meditation, Reggie asks us to relinquish Western conceptions of the body. He offers the view of the Vajrayana yogic tradition, in which the body is understood as not solid, but rather as an energetic expression of awareness.

This talk was given at the 2003 Winter Dathün retreat held in the rocky mountains of Colorado.

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