The Awakened State

Sounds True: Insights at the Edge, June 2012

In this episode, Tami Simon from Sounds True speaks with Reggie about the possibility of using modern methods for capturing the essence of student-to-teacher transmission, how glimpsing the awakened state fits in with Mahamudra training, and the “three teachers”—a human teacher, the natural state, and life itself. (65 minutes)

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Hard Questions

Interview with Reggie Ray

Sounds True: Insights at the Edge, August 2009

In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon—who is a student of Reggie—poses a series of challenging and difficult questions to her instructor.

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Dark Retreat

Sounds True: Insights at the Edge, November 2010

Reggie discusses his recent experiences in dark retreat as well as the true goal of meditation and Reggie’s view of the meaning of spiritual practice. (51 minutes)

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Busyness is Laziness

Elephant Magazine, September 2008

The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment—external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us—is actually not who we are.

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Playing with Fire

Dharma Life, Winter/Spring 2005

Tibetan Buddhism contains many teachings about the subtle energies of the body that are focused on the chakras or energy centres. Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Reginald Ray told Dharma Life about the dangers of meditating on the chakras.

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Three in One: A Buddhist Trinity

Lion’s Roar, September 2004

The “three bodies of the Buddha” may seem like a remote construct, says Reginald Ray, but they are the ground of existence and present in every moment of our experience.

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How to Study the Dharma

Lion’s Roar, May 2004

In Buddhism, an ever-deepening understanding unfolds naturally from intellectual study. This process is classically expressed in the teaching of the three prajnas, or kinds of knowledge—hearing, contemplating and meditating.

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On the Importance of Relating to Unseen Beings

Lion’s Roar, January 2001

While Westerners have tended to view unseen beings as superstition or mere symbolism, Reginald Ray argues that communication with unseen beings through ritual is at the very heart of tantric Buddhist practice.

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What is Tibetan Buddhism?

Shambhala Publications, 2006

In Tibet, Buddhism provided the basis of a unique civilization. It offered a vision of a meaningful life, an ethical system that enjoined decency and humanity, a profound philosophical tradition, and a comprehensive spiritual path. The expressions of Buddhism in Tibet could be found everywhere-in the devotion of virtually all Tibetans for their religion; in the multitude of small and large monasteries scattered throughout the country; in the shrines located in every home, monastery, and retreat cell; in the rituals that shaped and guided everyone’s life; in the ever- present color and vividness of Tibetan painting, sculpture, music, dance, and theater; and even in the government organization and its operation.

– Reggie Ray

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