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.
24 Aug 2018
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.
14 Sep 2019
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.
14 Sep 2018
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.
28 Jan 2019
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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.
1 Sep 2018
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.
6 Oct 2019
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.
19 May 2019
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.
12 Jan 2019
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.
16 Oct 2018
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.
23 Sep 2019
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.
16 Mar 2019
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.
31 Jul 2019
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.
4 May 2019
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.
1 Jun 2019
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.
28 Sep 2019
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.
5 Feb 2019
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.
18 Jun 2019
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.
29 Mar 2019
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.
14 Dec 2018
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.
5 Apr 2019