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Residential and online PROGRAMS with a teacher

Dharma Ocean offers both online and residential programs facilitated by teachers. Residential programs are in-person opportunities to engage the Ground Yana and Meditation Yana practices, and are held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado.

The teacher-led online offerings support and augment the participant’s continuing journey through the Foundation Series and toward the Vajrayana. The Sutrayana Series, in particular, are more scholarly and intensive 12-week courses, in two parts. This series is one of several prerequisites for any student who wishes to consider Vajrayana training.

Please check the Dharma Ocean calendar for future facilitated online and in-person offerings.


Meditating with the Body: Touching Enlightenment


Meditating with the Body is a Ground Yana 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 five-month program cultivates learning and discovery through systematic study, intensive practice, group retreats, and integration of the practices into daily life.

Prerequisites:  This course is open to all.

The SOmatic practice of pure awareness

Winter Meditation Intensive (Dathün)

The Winter Meditation Intensive is a Meditation Yana residential program, typically lasting one month. The focus of the retreat is on the practice of pure awareness, the simplest and the most profound of all the various meditation practices that are taught in Buddhism.  It is also the ground for our spiritual journey whatever our level of experience, from the very beginning up to seasoned Vajrayana practitioners.

Dathüns are rigorous meditation retreats designed for modern spiritual seekers by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Trungpa incorporated Japanese Zen and Tibetan Vajrayana practices to create a powerful container in which retreatants’ journeys could both deepen and accelerate.

This intensive program provides a unique opportunity to explore the all powerful, primordial essence of our own existence with others in this powerful container of group practice. The program is a silent retreat, with daily talks and guided practices, and an opportunity to simply sit and just be.

Prerequisites: Completion of Sutrayana Part One is required. Familiarity with the Ground Yana practices in Awakening the Body and Meditating with Body, and the Meditation Yana training of The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness are recommended.


The Sutrayana Online Series

Sutrayana is the Tibetan classification of “yanas”, or Buddhist mode of practice that leads to the realization of one’s true nature.

Sutrayana study focuses more on the philosophical underpinnings of our lineage. The Sutrayana online course series includes an introduction course and a two-part course that offers in-depth study in the classical Hinayana and Mahayana teachings.

The courses allow an opportunity to study the teachings and integrate them into our daily lives. The curriculum of each course include assigned readings, study questions, talks, exams, and live teaching sessions with a Dharma Ocean teacher. Participants examine the foundational perspectives of this lineage. Guided meditations, ongoing contemplations, active discussion groups, and a continuing relationship with a personal meditation instructor help bring these perspectives to life.

There are no prerequisites for Sutrayana Part One: The Hinayana. However, Sutrayana Part Two: The Mahayana requires the successful completion of part one. Both are necessary for those who are interested in the Vajrayana stage of the journey. Sutrayana students who are interested in the Vajrayana are required to actively participate in discussion groups and pass the course exams.

Sutrayana Part One: The Hinayana

Part One of the Sutrayana series is an online offering where practitioners can deepen their understanding of the view of the teachings of the “first turning of the wheel of dharma.”

Prerequisites: This course is open to all and is required for students interested in registering for Sutrayana Part Two: The Mahayana.

Sutrayana Part Two: The Mahayana

The second part of the Sutrayana study course provides an in-depth exploration of the view of the second and third turnings of the wheel of Dharma.

Prerequisites for this course:  Completion of Sutrayana Part One: The Hinayana.

Continuing the Foundation Series

The four courses in the self-led Foundation Series introduce participants to the foundational somatic meditation practices of the Dharma Ocean lineage. These teacher facilitated courses build on the Foundation Series, developing the view and practice toward entering the Vajrayana. Participants will benefit significantly by taking each course sequentially, beginning with Awakening the Body. Attending the The View and Approach of Vajrayana program, which is open to all, is considered to be supportive throughout the training.

Boundless Heart 2 – The Somatic Practice of Bodhicitta:
Connection, Communication, and Love

The second part of this course allows us to refine our somatic awareness by further tapping into the subtle warmth and wisdom of our heart. Through embodied bodhicitta (or awakening heart) practices, we discover the heart as the source of wisdom within our body. This course explores relative bodhicitta.

Prerequisites:  Completion of Boundless Heart self-led, Sutrayana Parts One and Two.

The View and Approach of Vajrayana

A series of six month long courses introducing the history, view, and practice of the Vajrayana tradition in India and Tibet for those interested in learning more about this tradition.

Prerequisites: None. These courses are open to all.

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