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Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation

August 31, 2017 - November 9, 2017

“Meditation is learning to tap into the wisdom, inspiration and unconditional love of the body. All we need to do is let go and let the body show us our true life.”

~ Reggie Ray

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An Online Course with Reggie Ray

Our body is the most direct and perfect path to profound spiritual transformation. Through our body, we connect with the inherent, self-existing wakefulness that is already present within it.

In this online immersion, Reggie leads us in exploring the view and practice of somatic meditation and how it reveals the joy, altruism, and creativity that reside at the core of our being. Designed for beginning and advanced students alike, the training focuses on a series of powerful somatic meditation practices drawn from Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism and spiritual Taoism.

This program offers an in-depth guided exploration of the practices presented in Reggie’s book, The Awakening Body. We’ll be learning how to uncover the full fruition of the guided practices in both our formal meditation and in our daily life. For those of you who have already worked with the practices in The Awakening Body, the course will allow you to deepen your experience with the practices through Reggie’s direct oral transmission which is so essential for the life of these teachings.

This is an introductory course and is a prerequisite for further courses in this series. [Learn more about the Foundations series of courses in the FAQ section, further down this page.]


Online Program



What is Genuine Spirituality? A Video Teaching from Reggie

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This 10-week online course includes:

  • 15 total hours of video teachings and guided meditations, recorded specifically for this course
  • Weekly readings
  • Discussion forums facilitated by meditation instructors where you can connect with other practitioners from around the globe
  • Guidance through the program by assistant teacher Jessika Daniel
  • The ability to download recordings of the talks and guided meditations 
  • Two Livestreams where Reggie will give live teachings and answer questions (dates TBD, but both will be viewable after the live events).

Course Details

For meditators of all levels, this program includes talks and practices centering around:

  • The role of meditation as fundamental to human transformation
  • Understanding the process of somatic meditation, and how to do it
  • The posture of meditation as a practice
  • Ways of knowing and moving from ego identification to our true self
  • Uncovering the three “kayas” (or bodies) of the buddha, and why this matters
  • Working with traumas big and small, through somatic meditation as a path of healing
  • The tantric relationship to the body as a part of somatic practice
  • The body as sacred journey, and the modern spiritual imperative
  • Cultivating a daily somatic meditation practice.

What are Dharma Ocean Foundation courses?

These are online courses designed to allow for a deep dive into the core Dharma Ocean practices. Currently, there are two developed courses, Awakening the Body and The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness. Two more will be developed in the next year. Awakening the Body is the first course that we offer of these four, incremental courses. Each one builds on the insights and practices of the previous ones.

Can I take any of the Dharma Ocean courses?

Yes, but the courses must be taken in order: Awakening the Body, The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness, Bodhicitta: the Heart-Centered Way, and The Vajrayana. You may also retake any course when it is offered, at the returning participant rate.

Are there prerequisites for this course?

No. This is an introductory course that will involve practices for beginning and advanced practitioners alike, and this course is a prerequisite for further courses in this series.

Is this the same as last year’s course? 

The recorded materials are the same as last year, although the experience will be unique, with a different community of practitioners, different meditation instructors, and new Livestreams from Reggie.


How is this material different from other online courses, or from a CD course?

Dharma Ocean courses feature a dedicated and engaged Assistant Teacher, weekly Zoom calls with a meditation instructor where you can ask questions and interact with small groups of participants, online forums for discussions, a password-protected webpage featuring videos of guided meditations and teachings from Reggie, and two Livestreams with Reggie where he answers your questions relating to the course and its practices.


How much time will this course require?

We suggest participants be able to set aside 8-10 hours weekly to get the most out of the course. The talks each week last about an hour. Reggie recommends an additional 45 minutes of daily, guided practice, as well as 1-3 hours a week to participate in the online Zoom calls and forums.

What happens if I miss a week, get sick, have an emergency, or am away for part of the course?

The materials will be available online for you to listen to whenever it’s convenient, and you will have access to the full website with all of the videos and audio practices for 60 days after the program ends, including downloading the audio teachings.


How does this differ from a live, residential retreat?

Live retreats are more immersive (7-straight days of practice and teaching), but these courses are designed to be integrated into your daily life. When you do one of our online courses the experience lands in the midst of the “real” world. This can encourage you to integrate the teachings in a way that does not happen when on residential retreat.

The slower pace of the courses, and the time you have to both practice and to ask questions, means that you are able to take a deep dive into how these practices can impact every part of your life and your most meaningful relationships.

Course Structure

You will need to obtain The Awakening Body from Shambhala Publications and Touching Enlightenment from Sounds True.

New course materials will be released each Thursday for the ten weeks of the program. Participants may engage with that material at any time during the week, and previous weeks’ materials will be available to stream or download.

Participating in the forums is encouraged but not required, as is any engagement with assistant teacher Jessika Daniel.

The Awakening the Body website will remain open for about 60 days after the course is finished, so participants may download materials or go through the course again at their own pace.

About the Teachers

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray draws on four decades of study and intensive Reggie_Ray-229-150x150meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to address the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied. Read full biography.


JessikaCondeJessika Daniel has been a student of meditation for 24 years. 11 years ago her life was turned upside down by a weekend retreat with Reggie Ray, and she has been immersed in the Dharma Ocean path ever since. She is a practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Taoist medicine, splitting her time between Rochester, NY and Boulder, CO.




To register for this program, follow the “Register Now” link at the top of this page. Tuition for this online immersion is on a sliding scale and ranges from $379 USD to $289 USD, based on need. When you register, please select the regular tuition rate or the scholarship rate.

For those who took the Awakening the Body course in the Fall of 2016, we are offering a returning participant rate of $149. If this is your second time taking this course, this option is open to you.