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Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation

September 13 - November 21

“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


An Online Course with Reggie Ray

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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 Courses.]


Location

Online Program

Coordinator

Info@dharmaocean.org


Welcome Video


This 10-week online course includes:

  • 15 hours of video teachings and guided meditations by Reggie Ray and Caroline Pfohl, recorded specifically for this course.
  • Guidance and accountability through the program by a Dharma Ocean senior teacher.
  • One live community gathering on Zoom with Caroline, in which she will give teachings and answer questions (viewable after the live events).
  • Discussion forums and video conference calls facilitated by meditation instructors where you can ask questions and connect with other practitioners from around the globe.
  • The ability to download recordings of the talks and guided meditations.
  • Weekly readings.

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 three developed courses, Awakening the Body, The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness and Boundless Heart, Loving the Self. These courses are designed to be taken in order. More about the Foundation Courses.

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, Live Community Gatherings with a senior teacher.

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, and time for the readings, relate to the study questions and participate in the Live Discussion Groups 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 or from listening to a CD series or reading the book on one’s own?

Live retreats are more immersive (7-straight days of practice and teaching, for example), and our online courses are designed to be integrated into your daily life. 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. This can encourage you to integrate the teachings in a way that does not happen when on residential retreat.

While working with a CD series or a book are both wonderful ways to learn, when we are in the “container” of an online course, there is a sense of accountability through the schedule and through engaging with others in the course. In today’s hectic and distracting world, it can be challenging to complete an online course. These foundation courses are designed to create the kind accountability you would normally find in a residential retreat. Connection with others, group discussions, and personalized instruction all allow for a quality of learning and a depth of insight that can only come when one is engaged with a community of like-minded practitioners.

 

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.

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

Caroline Pfohl is the lineage successor of the Dharma Ocean lineage. Her spiritual journey has included three decades of study and practice in Chan, Taoism, and Tibetan Buddhism.  Within Dharma Ocean, she holds the role of Desung (Protector of Joy), and drawing on lifelong work in educating and healing, she takes the lead in bringing somatic meditation into the arenas of mentoring, relationships, family, well-being, and the arts.

Shaun “Skye” LaChute has been studying and practicing with Reggie Ray since 2002 and is the senior teacher for Dharma Ocean Seattle. The somatic meditation practices have had a profound and healing impact on her life and work. As a naturopathic physician, Skye’s passion is helping people discover the healing power of nature: the innate nature of wisdom, sacredness and well-being already available within their own bodies. Both personally and professionally, she has discovered that the journey to health and healing is found within the body, discovering its true nature and supporting its vitality, rather than trying to escape or suppress discomfort and unease.

Registration & Tuition

Regisration is now closed. 

Dharma Ocean is committed to extending the teachings by making our online courses widely available. Therefore, we offer a number of levels of support for those in need.

Tuition for this program is $379. For those who need a reduced rate due to various financial circumstances, please register at the Scholarship Tuition rate of $289. If you need additional support beyond the Scholarship Tuition rate, use our financial aid application.


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