When we step into the Vajrayana, we step into the brilliance of our lives. Moving beyond the confines of habitual thought, we touch the fire of reality, burn away the unnecessary, and recover the wholeness that is our birthright. -- Reggie Ray
Within an intimate and supportive environment, participants will be introduced to the view, practice, and fruition of the vajrayana according to the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Reggie Ray. In this two-week retreat, Dharma Ocean senior teachers Jessika Siorai and Tina LaGreca will teach the view and the practices.
Participants will be offered the opportunity to request transmission into the Dharmasagara lineage from Reggie Ray, and if their request is accepted, participants will receive transmission from him at Vajra Assembly and be fully qualified for the Vajrayana Training Intensive in 2020. All who attend Vajra Assembly and receive transmission also commit to attending the entire Vajrayana Training Intensive the subsequent year.
Familiarity and experience with Dharma Ocean practices and retreats is required to enter the vajrayana and attend this program. Please see the requirements listed at the bottom of this page and contact us with any questions.
Blazing Mountain Retreat Center
About the Teachers
Reggie Ray draws on four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition toaddress 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.
Jessika Siorai has had meditation at the center of her life for more than 25 years, and she has studied with Reggie Ray since 2005. In her teaching she is interested in a sharing a meditative path that is not afraid of the messiness of life, inviting the full range of human experience. A lover of poetry, people, and remote mountain trails, she is a practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Taoist medicine, and facilitates the Dharma Ocean meditation community in Boulder, CO.
Tina LaGreca has been studying with Reggie Ray since 2005 and is deeply grateful for the teachings and practices of this lineage. Tina was formerly a high school teacher, an actor/singer and is now a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. She, along with her husband, Marty Enright, leads Dharma Ocean of New York.
Registration is through application only. You can apply by using the Apply Now button at the top right of this page. Applications and all supporting material must be received no later than May 5, 2019
You are very familiar with the teachings and practices of the first 3 yanas (ground, meditation, mahayana).
You have a regular and stable practice.
You have fulfilled most, if not all, of the practice and study requirements outlined below.
You are ready to commit to the Vajrayana path for life.
You understand (at some level) the demands of the Vajrayana path, outer and inner.
You’ve completed at least two nine-day solitary retreats. Each nine days must be consecutive.
Practice & Study Requirements
Ground Yana: Completion of Meditating with the Body and/or Your Breathing Body
Meditation Yana: Completion of four weeks of a Dharma Ocean Winter Meditation Intensive (Dathün) or another pre-approved retreat.
Somatic Descent Yana: Completion of at least 20 hours of Somatic Descent practice
Mahayana: Completion of the Mahayana practice requirements with the Awakening the Heart audio series and selected Seven-Limbed Bodhicitta training
Successful completion of the Foundation and Mahayana sections of the Dharma Ocean Sutrayana Study and Practice Intensive
Having taken the Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
An established ongoing relationship with a Dharma Ocean Meditation Instructor and a letter of recommendation from them
Demonstrated readiness to enter the Vajrayana
VA participants are also asked to commit to attending the Vajrayana Training Intensive (VTI) the following year. During that interim year, there are certain practices, courses, and readings that precede attendance at VTI.
For general information about traveling to our retreat center, please see the Getting Here page on the Blazing Mountain website.