Episode 234: Form Holds Freedom – Part II

In the second part of this talk on container principle, Form Holds Freedom, Reggie offers pith meditation instruction: let form hold experience. Using the example of ballet dancers doing plies, he says that fidelity to form in meditation practice allows us to discover true freedom.

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

Episode 233: Form Holds Freedom – Part I

In the first part of this talk on container principle, Form Holds Freedom, Reggie says that mindfulness meditation is often used as a technique to try to stabilize the ego by creating a sense of control, perfectionism, and safety. True meditation holds and protects the raw, rugged, messy unfolding of the totality within us.

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

Episode 232: Heart of Awakening – Part II

In the second part of this talk on bodhicitta – Heart of Awakening, Reggie says that after his enlightenment, the Buddha heard the cries of suffering in the world and felt a welling of compassion that compelled him to help free sentient beings from samsara through teaching the dharma.

This excerpt is from a talk given in Awakening the Heart: A Somatic Training in Bodhicitta, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

Episode 231: Heart of Awakening – Part I

In the first part of this talk on the experience of bodhicitta as related to trauma – Heart of Awakening, Reggie tells the story of how the Buddha’s experience unfolded on the night of his enlightenment, and describes his ultimate realization of Life in its totality.

This excerpt is from a talk given in Awakening the Heart: A Somatic Training in Bodhicitta, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

Episode 230: A Living Lineage

As a scholar of the history of religions, Reggie has a unique perspective on the way spirituality becomes codified by religious institutions. In this talk, A Living Lineage, he describes the historical development of orthodox structures in conventional Buddhism and discusses how the tradition is evolving as a living force in the modern world.

This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course, Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation.

Episode 229: Esoteric Tradition of the Body

Episode: Esoteric Tradition of the Body – Reggie comments on the tradition of Vajrayana meditation that he was trained in by his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. He says that, even though the teachings of the practicing lineage are widely offered, few people choose to make the full tantric journey.

This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course, Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation.

Episode 228: Karma and the Body – Part II

In the second part of this talk on karma and the body, Reggie describes how the ego freezes the natural flow of experience in the body through physical tensing. This tension is stored in our cells as condensed karma.

This excerpt is taken from Meditating with the Body, a 5-month training program that included two residential retreats and a twelve unit at-home curriculum.

Episode 227: Karma and the Body – Part I

In this talk, Karma and the Body, Reggie describes how traditional Buddhist teachings on karma relate to the process of liberation that unfolds in somatic meditation. The wisdom of the body, he says, leads us back to the natural state.

This excerpt is taken from Meditating with the Body, a 5-month training program that included two residential retreats and a twelve unit at-home curriculum.

Episode 226: Interconnection

In this talk, Interconnection, Reggie reflects on the joyful experience of interconnection we feel when we practice tonglen in an embodied way. In resting with the space of the earth, compassion emerges, and our connection with others becomes apparent.

This talk was given at the 2007 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO.

Episode 225: The Fierce Energy of Awareness

Epidode: The Fierce Energy of Awareness – Following Reggie’s discussion of tradition and ritual in the last two episodes, we listen to a talk he offered on the compassionate energy of awareness. He says that we can invite this energy into our lives through offerings and chants, such as to Ritrö Gönpo, a manifestation of awareness who protects our practice and the integrity of our spiritual journey.

This talk was given at the 2006 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held in Crestone, CO.

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. It is available in our download store.

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. It is available in our download store.

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. It is available in our download store.

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. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

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.

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