Embodiment Meditation and the Dharma Ocean Lineage
One of the most precious resources in my life is my Tibetan Buddhist root teacher Reginald Ray. I did my first three day sit with him in Nov 2007 shortly after my hysterectomy. I began participating in the Seattle and Portland Sanghas irregularly after that. I attended several other 3 day sits and found profound insights and deep healing from doing this body work. I took the refuge Vow from Reggie in 2009 and Went to the entire 30 days of the Winter Dathun from Dec 10, 2011- Jan 10, 2012 and took the Bodhisattva Vow from him there. The 10 point grounding, 12 fold breath and Bodhicitta exercises I learned from this source have developed in me the ability to trust my body as a source of wisdom. I have folded these practices into my daily life and my Living Love Revolution events and teachings.
Here is one of my favorite talks that I had the great honor of hearing live:
I attended all 4 weeks of the 2013-2014 Winter Dathun from Dec 15- Jan 12th because I knew of nothing healthier I could do for my Holistic Well Being at the time and I remain forever grateful for all I experienced there.
Here are the links to the Dharma Ocean website and I highly recommend you listen to the podcast offered under the teachings tab there. There is an amazing treasure of free teachings given and if you practice them, they will transform your relationship with your body and the unseen world.
Update Spring 2016
I am very excited to travel to SF Bay area to sit with and listen to my root teacher Reggie Ray once again. He is a presenter and the keynote speaker at this year’s Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy conference at CIIS.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Realization as Resource: Trauma and the Heart of Healing”. Together therapists, spiritual teachers and participants will explore how a connection with the Ground of Being can be a resource in addressing and healing different forms of psychological trauma. We will also see how traumatic material can interfere with the realization and expression of True Nature in the body, and the ways in which psycho-therapeutic and spiritual modalities can work in conjunction to uncover a deeper and more abiding sense of wholeness.
Reggie will be providing two presentations:
Reggie Ray “Trauma as Spiritual Opportunity: The Role of Pure Awareness Practice”
Reggie Ray “Drinking Blood and Eating Meat: The Vajrayana on Understanding and Resolving Trauma”
Here is Reggie’s Bio from the California Institute of Integral Studies 2016 Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference I will be attending March 3-6th
Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation and a University Professor (retired) at Naropa University.
Reggie received his B.A. in religion from Williams College (1965), and his M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1973) in the History of Religions from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, focusing on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism (Sanskrit and Tibetan languages). Reggie met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in May of 1970, a few weeks after his arrival in the US, and became one of his first American students. After spending a year in India on a Fulbright-Hays research fellowship in 1973, he took up a tenure track position in the Religious Studies department at Indiana University. In the spring of 1974, at the invitation of Chögyam Trungpa, he moved to Boulder, Colorado where he became the first full-time faculty member and chair of the Buddhist Studies (later Religious Studies) Department at Naropa University. In 1994 he published an internationally recognized, ground-breaking scholarly monograph, Buddhist Saints in India.
In 1997, Reggie became the first teacher in residence at the Shambhala Mountain Center and, over his seven year tenure there, became well known for his intensive Winter Dathün retreats, his Vajrayana programs, his students, and for helping to build SMC into a major retreat center. In 2005, seeking a permanent home for a growing community of students, Reggie and his then wife, Lee Ray, moved to Crestone, Colorado, and co-founded Dharma Ocean.
Reggie has written extensively on the history and practice of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, including six books and many articles, essays, and reviews. His scholarly work Buddhist Saints in India was runner up (1994) for the “best first book” award of the American Academy of Religion and favorably reviewed in some 15 major academic journals. His two volumes on Tibetan Buddhism, Indestructible Truth and Secrets of the Vajra World, have become classics in Buddhist America and beyond, and are widely used in university classes on Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. His corpus of work on somatically-based meditation, the book Touching Enlightenment, the audio set Your Breathing Body, and his annual program Meditating with the Body have deeply influenced a generation of meditators, Tibetan Buddhists, spiritual practitioners of many faiths, body workers, somatic therapists, and others interested in the spirituality of the body. These works and others, including his most recent audio set,The Practice of Pure Awareness, and his many online offerings, have made the highest teachings of Tibetan Buddhism accessible to modern people and effective in addressing their spiritual longings, aspirations and imperatives.