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The Dharma Ocean podcast began in 2012 and offers hundreds of episodes relating to the path of embodied meditation practice and applying the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people.

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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.

Episode 162: Noble Silence

In this talk, Noble Silence, 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...

Episode 161: The Dathün Journey

In The Dathün Journey, 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...

Episode 160: Human Freedom

In meditation retreat we commit to a practice container that is designed to decrease distraction. In this talk, Human Freedom, 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...

Episode 159: Entering Retreat

This is Reggie’s opening talk, Entering Retreat,  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...

Episode 158: Drop to the Depths – Part II

In the second half of this talk, Drop to the Depths,  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...

Episode 157: Drop to the Depths – Part I

Vajrayana teachers show us how to drop into the depths of being. In this talk, Drop to the Depths, 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...

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, Thread of Relativity. 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...

Episode 155: Thread of Relativity – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the practice of shamatha and vipashyana, Thread of Relativity, 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...

Episode 154: Thread of Relativity – Part I

In this talk, Thread of Relativity, 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...

Episode 153: Touching the Totality

In this talk, Touching the Totality, 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...

Episode 152: Fire of Experience – Part II

Today, we listen to the second half of Reggie’s talk Fire of Experience, 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...

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 Purpose of Ritual. The context is a lhasang fire offering, a Vajrayana ritual often engaged at the beginning of retreats. He says that ritual is the primordial...

Episode 149: Dancing with the Unseen World

In this talk, Dancing with the Unseen World, 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...

Episode 148: The Power of Posture

In The Power of Posture, 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...

Episode 147: Holding Experience

In this episode, Holding Experience, 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...

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, Welcoming Confusion, Reggie offers a teaching on how to relate to the intensity of energy in a straightforward way. He says that when we sit with...

Episode 145: Offering to the Fire

In this talk, Offering to the Fire, 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...

Episode 144: The Human Soul

In this talk, The Human Soul, 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...

Episode 143: When Reality Strikes – Part II

In the second part of this talk on the journey of dharma, When Reality Strikes, 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...

Episode 142: When Reality Strikes – Part I

In this talk, When Reality Strikes, 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...

Episode 141: We Are All Hard Cases

In today’s episode, We Are All Hard Cases, 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...

Episode 140: Ocean of Love – Part II

In the second part of this talk on love, Ocean of 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...

Episode 139: Ocean of Love – Part I

In this talk, Ocean of Love, 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....

Episode 138: Healing Beyond Dependency

In Healing Beyond Dependency, 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...

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...

Episode 136: Loving Kindness – Part I

In this talk, Loving Kindness – Part I, 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...

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, Guests for Tea. He says that when we stop judging ourselves, open to the wisdom of our emotions, and honor the upwelling...

Episode 134: Guests for Tea – Part I

In today’s episode, Guests for Tea, 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...

Episode 132: The Indian Siddhas – Part I

In this talk, The Indian Siddhas, 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...

Episode 131: Our Basic Nature

In today’s episode, Our Basic Nature, 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...

Episode 130: Pure Awareness

In today’s talk, Pure Awareness, 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...

Episode 127: Being Genuine – Part I

Today in the talk Being Genuine, 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...

Episode 126: Journey of Sacred Relationship

In today’s talk, Journey of Sacred Relationship, 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...

Episode 125: Non-Theism

In this talk, Non-Theism, 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...

Episode 124: Wisdom in Discomfort

In Wisdom in Discomfort, 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...

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, Consort Relationship Part II, Reggie discusses the consort journey. He says that consorts help liberate one another from fixed points...

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, Consort Relationship - Part I, Reggie discusses the consort journey. He says that consorts help liberate one another from fixed points of...

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, Born for Joy, Reggie challenges this notion. He says that true spirituality is actually a journey into the...

Episode 120: An Equal Footing

In today’s talk, An Equal Footing, 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...

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. In Recovering the Primordial, Reggie draws upon his training as a religious historian to discuss the alienating movement away from earth based...

Episode 117: Spirituality is Not a Spectator Sport

In this episode, Spirituality is Not a Spectator Sport, 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...

Episode 115: Beyond Ego

Reggie begins this talk, Beyond Ego, 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...

Episode 114: Beyond Religion

In this talk, Beyond Religion, 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...

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, Unconventional Logic, Reggie explains how the job of the vajrayana teacher is to communicate the principle of...

Episode 112: Life and Death

In today’s talk, Life and Death, 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...

Episode 111: Buddhist Tantra

In this talk, Buddhist Tantra, 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...

Episode 110: Dissolution

In today’s episode, Dissolution, 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....

Episode 109: Continuity

In this episode, Continuity, 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...

Episode 108: Eternity in Ordinary Life

In this talk, Eternity in Ordinary Life, 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...

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