The Practice Residency provides an opportunity to explore and embody the teachings of the Dharma Ocean lineage while living at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO. The program offers a container for residents to deepen their meditation practice in a long-term retreat setting, while also following a path of engagement through a service component.
Through our formal practice and study in this retreat, we develop a grounded openness to the totality of who we are. Through various forms of service to the community, we develop skillfulness with our state of mind in order to offer ourselves fully to others and to the world around us, training as embodied representatives of awakened human life. The aim of this retreat is to allow practitioners to deepen their practice and integrate it fully into their lives.
Students at any level of practice and study within Dharma Ocean are welcome to apply. Some prior program and/or retreat experience is required.
The Practice Residency is not a work program, or an alternate living co-op, but a small community of practitioners developing their understanding of the teachings both on and off the cushion. Practice, study and service join to shape an intensive experience of this lineage’s path.
To learn more about the Blazing Mountain Practice Residency, please read our Information Letter to prospective applicants.
The spring residency program (February 17 – May 31) is now full. The dates for the fall residency have not yet been set. Please check back for more information. If you have any questions, please e-mail residential@
Jeremy, who is leading the practice residency, has been a student of Dr. Ray since 1996. He studied with Reggie at Naropa University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies. Jeremy was a long-time faculty member and administrator at Naropa, teaching courses on Buddhist and Western philosophy and psychology, women and gender studies and other topics. He has been a meditation instructor for more than ten years, and enjoys working with students from a variety of practice backgrounds and interests. He emphasizes lojong and outdoor practice in the residency program.
“The three jewels are alive and well within the container of the residential program at Dharma Ocean. Through the example and teachings of the lineage, teachers, and staff I feel that direct transmission has been been delivered to us in countless ways. The most precious aspect of this program for me has been our little sangha. The people who I have practiced, lived, worked, and played with here at the Blazing Mountain. Each person has been so uniquely suited by some miracle to help me journey through the process of authentic transformation. I have cried, laughed, been triggered beyond what I thought was possible, and had my heart utterly cracked open. I feel I have come through the other side with the feeling of having moved ever closer to the truth of who I am—no matter what the outcome.”
– Former Resident, Fall 2014