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Sutrayana Study and Practice Intensive — Part Two: Mahayana

August 26 - November 5



Sutrayana is the Tibetan classification of “yanas”, or Buddhist mode of practice that leads to the realization of one’s true nature. Dharma Ocean’s online Sutrayana Study and Practice Intensive offers qualified practitioners an opportunity to deepen their understanding and experience of the lineage embodied by Reggie Ray and his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

In order to encourage a detailed exploration of the Sutrayana teachings and practices, we offer this course in two parts, Part One: The Foundation Yana (offered in the spring) explores egolessness, presented as the First Turning or the first distinct cycle of teachings the Buddha offered in his lifetime. In Part Two: The Mahayana (offered in the fall), we will deepen our understanding of egolessness, considering the Buddha's Second and Third Turning teachings on emptiness, buddha nature, and tapping into the subtle warmth and wisdom of the heart.

Each part consists of a 10-week course of study and practice that is engaged at home, deep within our daily lives. Readings, study questions, recorded talks, and group teaching calls with Dharma Ocean senior teacher, Neil McKinlay, examine the foundational perspectives of this lineage. Guided meditations, ongoing contemplations, active discussion groups, and guidance from a meditation instructor help bring these perspectives to life.

Successful completion of this course is measured through both ongoing participation and an exam. Participants will be asked to participate in online group discussions, posting comments and responses to questions at least one or two times per week. Though the precise amount will vary, this engagement plus study and practice will require a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours each week. At the end of the program, participants will take an exam, designed to provide an opportunity to further refine their understanding of the material.

The prerequisite for the Mahayana portion of the Sutrayana Study and Practice Intensive requires successful completion of either Part One of this course (offered in the spring) or any previous Sutrayana program offered by Dharma Ocean.

Since completion of the entire Sutrayana Intensive is a prerequisite for Dharma Ocean’s Vajra Assembly, anyone interested in attending Vajra Assembly should plan ahead to complete the Mahayana portion in the fall of the year prior to Vajra Assembly.

We encourage you to contact us if you have questions about whether this course is appropriate for you. We can be reached at info@dharmaocean.org.







About the Teacher

A student of Reggie’s since 1999, Neil’s teaching reflects an ongoing interest in the rich intersection of spirituality and everyday life. A partner, parent, and householder, he is curious about how deep engagement with this lineage affects our relationship with the ‘ordinary’ — with ourselves and others, with livelihood, and with the world of which we are part. Neil teaches regularly in the Pacific Northwest and delights in the many opportunities this affords to see how the practice of meditation uncovers the fire within, brings healing into our lives, and alters how we meet each and every moment. Neil’s instruction has been described as straightforward and accessible.



Program Reading List

Below is the reading list for the Sutrayana/Mahayana Study and Practice Intensive. Participants from part one of this course will notice much overlap with the texts required for that earlier program. Such individuals should note, however, that two new titles have been added. Participants are encouraged to acquire all of these texts as soon as possible:

  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (CTSM) – Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications.
  • Heart of the Buddha (HOB) – Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications.
  • Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism (IT) – Reginald A. Ray, Shambhala Publications.
  • In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom From 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Masters (IPM) – Reginald A. Ray (ed), Shambhala Publications.
  • Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (SWYA) – Pema Chodron, Shambhala Publications.
  • Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness (TM) – Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications.
  • Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body (TE) – Reginald A. Ray, Sounds True.


Partial scholarships are available for this program to participants exhibiting financial need. Participants requesting scholarship funding must register for the program and fill out the financial aid application found here by July 12, 2019. Only applicants that have completed both steps will be considered. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the scholarship deadline. Please note that while Dharma Ocean aims to make our offerings financially accessible, we are unable to provide full scholarships for our programs and retreats.



If you have questions, please reach out to us: 303-955-2574 info@dharmaocean.org