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Dharma Ocean presents compelling talks by Reggie Ray, a unique and dynamic teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Reggie has a special gift for applying the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. As spiritual director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, Reggie mentors a worldwide community of practitioners committed to meditation as a path of discovering wakefulness in everyday life. His teaching is marked by humor, insight, and an absolute trust in the relevance of meditation to all aspects of human experience: our relationships and jobs, our dreams and heartbreaks, our fears and aspirations.To find out more about teachings, retreats, community life, and our extensive selection of audio resources for beginner and advanced meditators please visit www.dharmaocean.org.

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Episode 228: Karma and the Body – Part II

In the second part of this talk on karma and the body, Reggie describes how the ego freezes the natural flow of experience in the body through physical tensing. This tension is stored in our cells as condensed karma. This excerpt is taken from Meditating with the Body, a 5-month training program that included two residential retreats and a twelve unit at-home curriculum.

15mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 266: Life Force – Part I

Here, Reggie speaks to the utter power of the Life Force that courses through our body as pure unadulterated love. This force, he says, speaks the message of this lineage: to trust our uncompromising, wild, reckless, implacable lust for being alive. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

17mins

14 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 231: Heart of Awakening – Part I

In the first part of this talk on the experience of bodhicitta as related to trauma, Reggie tells the story of how the Buddha’s experience unfolded on the night of his enlightenment, and describes his ultimate realization of Life in its totality. This excerpt is from a talk given in Awakening the Heart: A Somatic Training in Bodhicitta, an intensive audio course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

14mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 242: The Edge of Fear

In this talk, Reggie reflects on the fear we experience on the somatic journey of meditation when we lose reference points and enter into the world of the shadowlands, a world that is utterly new and unfamiliar—the realm of our true self. This excerpt is from a talk given in Your Breathing Body Volume I – Beginning Practices for Physical, Emotional, an d Spiritual Fulfillment, an intensive audio training produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

14mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 229: Esoteric Tradition of the Body

Reggie comments on the tradition of Vajrayana meditation that he was trained in by his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. He says that, even though the teachings of the practicing lineage are widely offered, few people choose to make the full tantric journey. This talk is excerpted from Reggie’s online course, Awakening the Body: The Way of Somatic Meditation.

14mins

1 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 269: Practice Dismantles

Here, Reggie points to the process that unfolds on the journey of somatic meditation: personal stories fall apart and we come to trust the intimacy, humor, openness, and love that emerges when our solid sense of self is dismantled. This talk was given in 2009 at the September Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

23mins

6 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 257: Surrendering Ego – Part I

In this talk on refuge, Reggie discusses the history of refuge in the Buddhist tradition and describes the different styles of “emergency ego” that arise when we find ourselves challenged by reality. He says that surrendering ego is the basis for the practice of refuge. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. 

13mins

19 May 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 241: The Life of Chögyam Trungpa

Here, Reggie introduces his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. He offers a short account of Trungpa’s journey from Tibet, to England, and then to North America, and discusses how he transmitted the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings to his Western students. This excerpt is from a talk given in When Lightning Strikes: The Living Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a video course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

20mins

12 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 235: The Spiritual Journey of Intimate Relationship

Today, we listen to Reggie’s opening talk from an online course he taught on meditation and the journey of intimate relationship. He says that the tantric consort tradition shows us how to discover ever deeper levels of love and relationality with our partner. This excerpt is from a talk given in The Tantric Consort: Awakening Through Relationship, an audio course produced by Sounds True. It is available for download in the Dharma Ocean online store.

23mins

16 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 267: Life Force – Part II

In the second part of this talk, Reggie asks: where does the Life Force come from? He says that the empty nothingness of space gives birth to the primordial isness and rabid passion we feel when we rest with the raw energy that emerges from the emptiness of being. This talk was given at the 2009 Winter Dathün retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

28mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 248: Genuine Spirituality – Part I

Spiritual materialism is the ambitious ego-centered approach of striving for perfection through meditation practice. Here, Reggie speaks to genuine spirituality—the willingness to face our insecurities, depression, anger, darkness, and pride with an open heart. Such an approach, he says, is the way of wholeness. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

12mins

16 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 263: Sacred Mysteries

In this teaching, Reggie discusses the experience of pain as understood in the Vajrayana tradition of meditation. When we let go of judging and rejecting, moments of pain are experienced as sacred ornaments of tenderness that connect us to Life in all of its depth, power, and beauty. This talk was given at the 2011 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held at The Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

19mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 255: Path of Dharma – Part I

In this teaching on the path of Dharma, Reggie encourages us to trust inspiration, stay with discomfort, and leap to the unknown. Each stage of the path—Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—involves ever deeper levels of these themes. This talk was given at the 2004 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

22mins

4 May 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 258: Surrendering Ego – Part II

Going deeper into the theme of refuge, Reggie teaches on the difference between the inner and outer view of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Inner refuge means that we are committing to our non-existence, the nature of reality, and relationships of integrity. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

23mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 268: Basic Space

In this talk, Caroline discusses the true nature of reality—the Dharmakaya—that we experience when we rest in the space of the lower belly in the practice of yin breathing. She says that this space is open, free, and not constrained by conditioned “parts.” This talk was given at the 2016 The Body Loves retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

12mins

28 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 243: Invoking the Primeval Fire – Part I

In this talk, Reggie discusses the burning quality of space that is felt when we open to heightened awareness of emptiness. By offering our agendas, strategies, and concepts to the primordial Fire, Life is liberated to flare forth—utterly wild and free. This talk was given at the 2009 Advanced Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

21mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 259: Pain is Not a Problem

Here, Reggie teaches on experiences of pain that we encounter on the path of meditation. He says that people often judge pain as a bad thing, but the foundation of Buddhist practice is the First Noble Truth: the more we try to avoid pain, the more we suffer. This talk was given at the 2002 Winter Dathün retreat held in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

19mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 250: The Practicality of Spirituality

In this talk, Reggie says that the tantric path does not separate spiritual practice from the ordinary circumstances of everyday life. Rather, tantric meditation invites us to see the sacredness within the earthiness, messiness, emotions, and chaos of our human incarnation. This talk was given in 2009 at an evening gathering held at the Star House in the foothills outside of Boulder, CO.

21mins

29 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 239: Initiation and Growth – Part I

Reggie opens this Meditating with the Body retreat with a talk on the primordial sacredness of the human person. He says that the esoteric spirituality of the body that we are practicing has endured throughout the ages. No matter the external circumstances, the body is trustworthy. This talk was given at the November 2016 Meditating with the Body retreat held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England.

13mins

14 Dec 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 251: The Impediments of Religion – Part I

In this talk on our natural spiritual inheritance, Reggie discusses the impediments presented by religious institutionalism, consumerism, and fundamentalism to the unfolding of each unique human life. In the modern world, authenticity is a lonely journey. This talk was given at the April 2006 Meditating with the Body retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO.

23mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #20