Meditating with the Body
February 3, 2023 through August 14, 2023
Meditating with the Body is a course of practice and study offered by the Dharma Ocean Foundation to help modern people reconnect with the reality, goodness, and health of our basic human situation, grounded in our bodies.
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Discovering Our Deepest Life in the Body
Meditating with the Body is a training program developed by the Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Dr. Reggie Ray. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered to be the gateway to enlightenment — to discover the body is to discover awareness and our own most direct and effective path to profound spiritual transformation.
Designed for beginning and experienced meditators alike, this in-depth training focuses on a series of transformative body-based meditation practices drawn from Tibetan Yoga. The comprehensive six-month program cultivates learning and discovery through systematic study, intensive practice, group retreats, and integration of the practices into daily life.
The training involves two, 3-day live online at-home retreats where participants are introduced to the practices in depth through live talks, guided meditations, and discussions. Between retreats, practice deepens through an extensive curriculum of readings, recorded teachings, and guided practices enriched by weekly live Zoom gatherings with veteran senior instructors Libby Weathers and Jonathan Daniel. The program concludes with a seven-day retreat, optionally online at home as with retreats #1 and #2, or in-person at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO. You may choose which form you prefer to participate in.
The Meditating with the Body program allows us to deeply integrate the practices associated with the Ground Yana stage of the Dharma Ocean path of somatic meditation. Completion of the course may be used to fulfill the pre-requisite for participating in The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness online course.
Listen to Reggie’s opening talk from the first retreat at the 2005 Meditating with the Body program.
Practice Intensive Retreats
Two online “at-home” weekend retreats at the beginning and middle of the program, and a final 7-day retreat (attend in-person or online)
The lectures and guided meditations unfold in a developmental sequence to foster deep integration.
Live Video Gatherings
Join 24 weekly live Zoom meetings for teachings and Q&A with Libby Weathers and Jonathan Daniel
Download all 18 hours of curriculum teachings and guided meditations for later access and use.
Guided Audio Meditations
16 unique guided meditations and written summaries correlate with the themes of each unit
Content outlines, reading assignments, and study questions to support your learning and practice.
Pre-recorded curriculum teachings offered by Dr. Reggie Ray
Retreats and live gatherings offered by Libby Weathers and Jonathan Daniel
Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of the Practicing Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He teaches in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. The author of many books, audio courses, and online series, Reggie’s work and teachings draw from his background as a Buddhist scholar and practitioner. His PhD is in the History of Religions from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1973). He was the first full-time faculty member and chair of the Buddhist Studies (later Religious Studies) Department at Naropa University. Over nearly four decades he grew the department and played various leadership roles at Naropa, developing with Trungpa Rinpoche many of the initiatives and projects that became part of Naropa’s unique identity as a Buddhist inspired university. He began explicitly working with dharma students in 1995 and now devotes all of time to transmitting the teachings of the Vajra dharma of his teacher.
Libby Weathers (Course Instructor) has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 2006, and holds a degree in Contemplative Psychology. She began studying with Reggie Ray at Naropa University in 2007 and first completed the Meditating with the Body program in 2009. Professionally, Libby trains business leaders in developing purpose and presence through mindfulness and neuroscience. A depth of continued awakening over her years of study and practice inspires her dedication to this lineage. Libby is deeply connected to the natural beauty, warm waters, and sacredness of Hawaii where she spends most of her time.
Jonathan Daniel (Course Instructor)began his journey with meditation in the forests of Colorado and Alaska in 1994, and stepped onto the path of training with Reggie in 1997. He worked for many years as a hospice chaplain before becoming inspired by the possibilities of helping people across the globe access the Dharma Ocean teachings through digital media. He enjoys practicing meditation with the small Dharma Ocean sangha in Denver and also alone in high mountain meadows.
Weekend Retreats and Weekly Live Gatherings for 2023 Course
*Note All Times are MT / Denver Time
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January 31st @ 12:00 p.m. MST
First Online Retreat
February 3 – 5
February 11 @ 10:00 a.m. MST
February 15 @ 7:00 p.m. MST
February 25 @10:00 a.m. MST
March 1 @ 7:00 p.m. MST
March 11 @10:00 a.m. MST
March 15 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
March 25 @ 10:00 a.m. MDT
March 29 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
April 8 @10:00 a.m. MDT
April 12 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
April 22 @10:00 a.m. MDT
April 26 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
Second Online Retreat
May 5 – 7
May 13 @10:00 a.m. MDT
May 17 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
May 27 @10:00 a.m. MDT
May 31 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
June 10 @10:00 a.m. MDT
June 14 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
June 24 @ 10:00 a.m. MDT
June 28 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
July 8 @ 10:00 a.m. MDT
July 12 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
July 22 @10:00 a.m. MDT
July 26 @ 7:00 p.m. MDT
Third Residential/Online Retreat
August 6 – 14
Note: The live gatherings will be recorded and posted to the course website for those unable to attend live.
The meeting schedule may change. Dharma Ocean will inform students within the course platform of any changes.
A Course Integrated Into Your Daily Life
Support From Dharma Ocean Instructors
Dharma Ocean instructors have a longstanding commitment to the Dharma Ocean path and lineage. As practitioners, they are committed to their personal practice and complete many weeks of residential and solitary retreat before being trained and authorized to teach. Many have been students of Reggie’s for 10 years or more, and all have thousands of hours of active meditation training and practice.
Blazing Mountain Retreat Center was created as a sacred and protected space for guests to explore the richness and depth of their most fundamental self, through connection with their spiritual tradition and their community.
You will have the opportunity to practice together in our lineage retreat center. The concluding 7-day retreat will be held in August of 2023. For those who are unable to join in-person, an online option will be available and included as part of this course. Registration for the in person retreat will be separate from the course registration.
The Journey of Direct Experience
A talk offered by Dr. Reggie Ray
In this video, Reggie presents the body as the realm of direct experience. He says that the body is at this moment in a state of awakening and the experience that arises in the body is immaculate. He goes on to describe how the practice of meditation expands our openness to direct experience — the more we open to experience, the less room there is for ego, for coherent self-concept. Thus, as we let go, our incarnation becomes ever more an expression of Life itself.
Every other week new talks, guided practices, reading assignments, study questions, and content outlines are released.
Discovering Our Primordial Nature
The 10 Points & The Posture of Meditation
The Three Dimensions of the Breath
3-Fold Breathing, Discovering Inner Space
Spiritual Materialism and Authentic Motivation
Exploring the Perineum & Earth Breathing – Seated
The 5 Requirements for a Successful Spiritual Practice
The Five Levels of the Breath
The Four Noble Truths
The Inner Posture & Earth Breathing Level 2
The Voice of the Body
Learning to Hear the Voice of the Body
View, Practice, Result
Uncovering the Buddha Nature
Earth Breathing – Lying Down
Review – Second Retreat Recordings
Review – Second Retreat Recordings
The Genesis and Nature of the Self
12-Fold Belly Breathing
The Body as a Manifestation of Our Karmic History
The Eight Gates of Emptiness
Emotions and the Body
Working with Emotions
Join the Course
Early Bird Registration closes January 4th, 2023 – Price will be $999 thereafter
If you currently have financial hardship and find the cost of this program prohibitive, prior to registration please email [email protected] to inquire about hardship and scholarship pricing.