Episode 259: Pain is Not a Problem

In Pain is Not a Problem, Reggie teaches on experiences of pain that we encounter on the path of meditation. He says that people often judge pain as a bad thing, but the foundation of Buddhist practice is the First Noble Truth: the more we try to avoid pain, the more we suffer.

This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Episode 258: Surrendering Ego – Part II

In this episode, Surrendering Ego: Going deeper into the theme of refuge, Reggie teaches on the difference between the inner and outer view of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Inner refuge means that we are committing to our non-existence, the nature of reality, and relationships of integrity.

This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Episode 257: Surrendering Ego – Part I

In this talk on refuge, Surrendering Ego, Reggie discusses the history of refuge in the Buddhist tradition and describes the different styles of “emergency ego” that arise when we find ourselves challenged by reality. He says that surrendering ego is the basis for the practice of refuge.

This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

 

Episode 256: Path of Dharma – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the path of dharma, Reggie discusses the developmental journey that unfolds as we deepen in our meditation practice. When meditation becomes the ground of life, transformation becomes a way of being.

This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Episode 255: Path of Dharma – Part I

In this teaching on the path of Dharma, Reggie encourages us to trust inspiration, stay with discomfort, and leap to the unknown. Each stage of the path—Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—involves ever deeper levels of these themes.

This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Episode 254: Lineage of Dismantling – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the esoteric tradition of meditation, Lineage of Dismantling, Reggie suggests that mahamudra practices of direct experience serve as a compelling gate for modern people who long to connect with reality. By dismantling concepts, we meet Life—stripped down, unmediated, free.

This talk was given at the 2013 Mahamudra for the Modern World retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 253: Lineage of Dismantling – Part I

This talk begins with an account of the ancient forest tradition of meditation that began with the Buddha. Reggie discusses the values represented by these meditators and says that our lineage is in alignment with other sanghas that practice with nakedness and humility.

This talk was given at the 2013 Mahamudra for the Modern World retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 252: The Impediments of Religion – Part II

In the second part of this talk on genuineness in spirituality, Reggie says that relaxation in somatic meditation allows us to see how the forces of oppression, control, and busyness in the world are also within us. When tension in the body dissolves, we discover not only our inherent freedom, but also all the ways that we keep ourselves small.

This talk was given at the April 2006 Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 251: The Impediments of Religion – Part I

In this talk on our natural spiritual inheritance, Reggie discusses the impediments presented by religious institutionalism, consumerism, and fundamentalism to the unfolding of each unique human life. In the modern world, authenticity is a lonely journey.

This talk was given at the April 2006 Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 250: The Practicality of Spirituality

In this talk, Reggie says that the tantric path does not separate spiritual practice from the ordinary circumstances of everyday life. Rather, tantric meditation invites us to see the sacredness within the earthiness, messiness, emotions, and chaos of our human incarnation.

This talk was given in 2009 at an evening gathering held at the Star House in the foothills outside of Boulder, CO.

Episode 249: Genuine Spirituality – Part II

In the second part of this talk on genuine spirituality, Reggie describes the outer, inner, and secret forms of the retreat container. By respecting the forms, practicing silence, and staying present to waves of pain, we come to discover the abundance of our true life.

This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Episode 248: Genuine Spirituality – Part I

Spiritual materialism is the ambitious ego-centered approach of striving for perfection through meditation practice. Here, Reggie speaks to genuine spirituality—the willingness to face our insecurities, depression, anger, darkness, and pride with an open heart. Such an approach, he says, is the way of wholeness.

This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Episode 247: Meditating with the Elements

Here, Reggie says that when we practice with the elements we discover that their basic nature is space. For instance, by allowing our awareness to completely enter the into the life of fire, we touch the emptiness, openness, and warmth of being.

This talk was given at the April 2009 Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 246: Practicing in Cold Places – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the challenges, demands, and grittiness of retreat practice, Reggie says that the way through involves developing trust in our feelings of disruption, uncertainty, anxiety. In the Vajrayana, difficult emotions are a source of inspiration and strength.

This talk was given at the 2016 Meditating with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon England.

Episode 245: Practicing in Cold Places – Part I

After circumstances did not unfold according to plan, a group of devoted practitioners in England erected a tent so that a late autumn retreat could go on. Reggie offers a talk of encouragement, sharing lore about the hardiness of the lineage in times past.

This talk was given at the 2016 Meditating with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon England.

 

Episode 244: Invoking the Primeval Fire – Part II

You are listening to the Dharma Ocean Podcast. In the second part of this talk on entering into relationship with the energetic aspect of the elements, Reggie says that the journey of becoming who we are is found in surrendering to the primeval birth of the five elements in the empty space of our basic state of being.

This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 243: Invoking the Primeval Fire – Part I

In this talk, Reggie discusses the burning quality of space that is felt when we open to heightened awareness of emptiness. By offering our agendas, strategies, and concepts to the primordial Fire, Life is liberated to flare forth—utterly wild and free.

This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

Episode 242: The Edge of Fear

In this talk, The Edge of Fear, Reggie reflects on the fear we experience on the somatic journey of meditation when we lose reference points and enter into the world of the shadowlands, a world that is utterly new and unfamiliar—the realm of our true self.

This excerpt is from a talk given in Your Breathing Body Volume I – Beginning Practices for Physical, Emotional, an d Spiritual Fulfillment, an intensive audio training produced by Sounds True.

Episode 241: The Life of Chögyam Trungpa

Here, Reggie introduces his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. He offers a short account of Trungpa’s journey from Tibet, to England, and then to North America, and discusses how he transmitted the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings to his Western students.

This excerpt is from a talk given in When Lightning Strikes: The Living Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 240: Initiation and Growth – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the journey of somatic meditation, Initiation and Growth, Reggie describes the initiatory process we experience when we enter the depths of the body. Initiations, he says, involve a process of dysregulation and entrainment with the awakened state.

This talk was given at the November 2016 Meditating with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Episode 239: Initiation and Growth – Part I

Episode-Initiation and Growth:  Reggie opens this Meditating with the Body retreat with a talk on the primordial sacredness of the human person. He says that the esoteric spirituality of the body that we are practicing has endured throughout the ages. No matter the external circumstances, the body is trustworthy.

This talk was given at the November 2016 Meditating with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

Episode 238: Way of the Siddhas

In Way of the Siddhas, Reggie explores the roots of somatic meditation in ancient India. He says that the history of Buddhism was mostly written by monastics and reflects a “renunciation” approach to spirituality. However, there is a more unknown history of practice exemplified by lay practitioners known as “siddhas.”

This excerpt is from a talk given in Your Breathing Body Volume II – Advanced Practices for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Fulfillment, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 237: Beholding the Beloved – Part II

In the closing talk of their weekend program on the path of consort relationship, Beholding the Beloved, Reggie discusses the three vows of the consort relationship, and Caroline offers guidance on how to integrate consort practice into everyday life.

This talk was given in 2017 at a weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO called Awakening Through Relationship: The Tantric Consort. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 236: Beholding the Beloved – Part I

In Beholding the Beloved, we listen to the first part of Reggie and Caroline’s concluding talk from their weekend program on consort relationship. They reflect on lessons learned in their own relationship, sharing insights about staying connected, the importance of daily meditation practice, and receiving the wholeness of the beloved.

This talk was given in 2017 at a weekend program held at Naropa University in Boulder, CO called Awakening Through Relationship: The Tantric Consort. Reggie offers more teachings and practices on the consort journey in The Tantric Consort, a 4-part video course produced by Sounds True.

Episode 235: The Spiritual Journey of Intimate Relationship

In The Spiritual Journey of Intimate Relationship,  we listen to Reggie’s opening talk from an online course he taught on meditation and the journey of intimate relationship. He says that the tantric consort tradition shows us how to discover ever deeper levels of love and relationality with our partner.

This excerpt is from a talk given in The Tantric Consort: Awakening Through Relationship, an audio course produced by Sounds True.

 

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