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 are now offering this course in two parts, Part One: Hinayana (offered in the Spring) and Part Two: Mahayana (offered in the Fall). 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 a continuing relationship with a personal Meditation Instructor help bring these perspectives to life.
Successful completion of this event is measured through both ongoing participation and an end of program exam. Throughout the Sutrayana Intensive, 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. Each part of the Intensive concludes with an at-home exam designed to give participants one more opportunity to refine their understanding of the presented 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 the Hinayana portion of any previous Sutrayana event 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now closed.
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. As might be expected, Neil’s instruction has been described as “straightforward” and “accessible”.
Registration is now closed.
Program Reading List
Below is the reading list for 2017’s Sutrayana/Mahayana Study and Practice Intensive. Participants from the Hinayana portion 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 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.
There will be scholarships available for this program. If you are interested, please register for the program and fill out an application by August 7, 2017. Click here for more information, and to find the online financial aid application. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the scholarship deadline.
Program Staffing Opportunities
If you feel inspired and called to deepen your training by serving in a volunteer role, please send a message to Katherine (email@example.com).