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The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness: The Tantric Style of Embodied Meditation

March 16, 2017 - May 26, 2017

The lights of Meyers (a small community within South Lake Tahoe) are dwarfed by the The Milky Way overhead in South Lake Tahoe, California.

An Online Immersion with Reggie Ray

Please note the prerequisite experience of the somatic meditation practices, detailed below, before enrolling in this course.

This online program centers around the somatic practice of pure awareness. This is the simplest and also the most advanced teaching--the essence--of the Tibetan tantric tradition. Pure Awareness, also called the awakened state or the Buddha mind, is our most fundamental nature, a part of ourselves that is neither born nor dies and underlies all of the experiences of our human life.

In this online course, Reggie leads us through the training stages of the somatic practice of pure awareness. We are invited into embodied awakening as we journey into the limitless openness, wisdom, and joy that are within each of us, waiting just beneath the surface of our everyday experience.


Online Program


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A Call to Practice: An Invitation and Overview

This 10-week online course includes:

    • 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 an assistant teacher
    • The ability to download recordings of the talks and guided meditations
    • Livestreams where Reggie will give live teachings and answer questions (dates TBD, but both will be viewable after the live events).

Course Structure

New course materials will be released each week 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 an assistant teacher.

The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness website will remain open for up to 60 days after the course is finished, so participants may download materials or go through the course again at their own pace.

Relaxation in Meditation: Gateway to Somatic Awareness

This video is from the Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness course.

About the Teacher

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.

Prerequisite Training for This Course

This is the second in a series of four online courses being developed to offer experiential training in the core somatic teachings and practices of the Dharma Ocean lineage. The courses are designed to be incremental, with each course building on the practices of the previous one. The first course, Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation, taught a series of foundational practices that included six core practices:

    • Ten Points Practice
    • Earth Descent and Earth Breathing
    • Yin Breathing
    • Coming into the Central Channel
    • Whole Body Breathing and Rooting
    • Twelvefold Lower-Belly Breathing

Knowing these core practices is a prerequisite for The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness, and participation in the Awakening the Body course is the preferred way to satisfy this prerequisite.

However, we recognize that many people may have some experience with these practices through other means such as: completion of the Meditating with the Body 5-month program or a Winter Meditation Intensive, practicing with Your Breathing Body Volumes 1 and 2, or being trained in these practices in a Dharma Ocean practice group by an authorized teacher.

If you’re not familiar with the core practices, you can still enroll in this course. We ask that, prior to the beginning of the course, you read Reggie’s new book The Awakening Body, which introduces the six core practices and provides a free download of the guided practices. The book is now available at Shambhala Publications.


Registration is now closed for this course. 

Tuition for the course is $379 with a sliding scale scholarship rate of $289 for those who need financial support to participate in the program. If you are not in need of financial support please choose the standard program tuition.