Meditating with the Body

Touching Enlightenment

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 online retreats where participants are introduced to the practices within the depth of an at-home retreat and supported by live talks, guided meditations, and discussions.  Between retreats, practice deepens through an extensive at-home curriculum of readings, recorded teachings, and guided practices enriched by weekly live Zoom gatherings with the instructors, Libby Weathers and Jonathan Daniel. The program concludes with a 7-day in-person retreat at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center, offering the opportunity to practice intensively together and immerse in the wisdom of the body.

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.

Course Features

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)

Progressive Curriculum

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

Downloadable Content

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

Study Resources

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.

Schedule of

Weekend Retreats and Weekly Live Gatherings for 2023 Course

 

*Note All Times are MT / Denver Time
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Pre-Retreat Meeting

February 2 @ 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


Reunion: TBA 

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

Meditating with the Body is designed for “householders”— for those of us who have chosen to engage in a spiritual path inside of careers, families, and the great stressors (and great opportunities) provided by living in the world, as it is.  This program teaches techniques that are meant to be integrated into your daily life and help you establish a committed practice at home.

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.

Embodied Knowing

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.

Course Curriculum

Every other week new talks, guided practices, reading assignments, study questions, and content outlines are released.

Unit 1

Talk

Discovering Our Primordial Nature

Guided Practice

The 10 Points & The Posture of Meditation

Unit 3

Talk

The Three Dimensions of the Breath

Guided Practice

3-Fold Breathing, Discovering Inner Space

Unit 5

Talk

Spiritual Materialism and Authentic Motivation

Guided Practice

Exploring the Perineum & Earth Breathing – Seated

Unit 7

Talk

The 5 Requirements for a Successful Spiritual Practice

Guided Practice

The Five Levels of the Breath

Unit 9

Talk

The Four Noble Truths

Guided Practice

The Inner Posture & Earth Breathing Level 2

Unit 11

Talk

The Voice of the Body

Guided Practice

Learning to Hear the Voice of the Body

Unit 2

Talk

View, Practice, Result

Guided Practice

3-Fold Breathing

Unit 4

Talk

Uncovering the Buddha Nature

Guided Practice

Earth Breathing – Lying Down

Unit 6

Teachings

Review – Second Retreat Recordings

Guided Practices

Review – Second Retreat Recordings

Unit 8

Talk

The Genesis and Nature of the Self

Guided Practice

12-Fold Belly Breathing

Unit 10

Talk

The Body as a Manifestation of Our Karmic History

Guided Practice

The Eight Gates of Emptiness

Unit 12

Talk

Emotions and the Body

Guided Practice

Working with Emotions

Scholarship Information

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.

Questions?

If you have questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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