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Awakening the Body

A 10-Week Online Course with Dr. Reggie Ray

September 15 – November 23

Our body is the most direct and perfect path to profound spiritual transformation. Through somatic meditation, we connect with the inherent wakefulness already present within our body.

Registration is open.

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Uncover the wisdom of your body and deepen your meditation practice.

Awakening the Body provides practitioners with a guided, step-by-step approach to uncovering the wisdom of your body and integrating that wisdom into everyday life. You will learn ten unique somatic meditation practices to connect with the interior experience of your body, release unconscious holding and tension, and connect with the joy and freedom at the core of your being.

The course runs from September 15 — November 23, 2020. This is the first course in our Foundation Series and a prerequisite for subsequent online courses. Find out more about our foundational series here.

Registration for this program is open.

Watch an introduction to the course with Reggie Ray. 

Course Features

Weekly Video Teachings

10 weekly units of hour-long video teachings by Reggie, specifically created for this online course.

Progressive Curriculum

The units unfold in a developmental sequence to  foster a deepening experience of embodiment in practice.

10 Live Video Calls

Join live video calls for teachings and Q&A with Reggie, Caroline, and senior teachers.

Downloadable Content

Download the audio of all teachings and guided mediations for offline access and use.

Guided Audio Meditations

10 unique, body-based guided meditations correlate with each unit’s teaching.

Weekly Readings

Each unit features study supports with recommended readings from The Awakening Body by Reggie Ray.

Teachings & Guided Practice with Dr. Reggie Ray

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray is the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The author of many books, audio courses, and online series, Reggie’s work and teachings draw from his background as a Buddhist academic and practitioner. He holds a Ph.D. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in History of Religions. Reggie cofounded the Religious Studies program at Naropa University with Chögyam Trungpa, where he taught for over 30 years. Reggie remains engaged in the transmission of this lineage through his involvement with Dharma Ocean students, the creation of new offerings such as this course, and in his lifelong work as a student and as a teacher.

A Course Integrated Into Your Daily Life

Awakening the Body is designed for “householders” — for those of us who have chosen to engage in a spiritual path inside of careers, families, and the great stressors (and great opportunities) provided by living in the world, as it is. This program teaches techniques that are meant to be integrated into your daily life and helps you establish a committed practice at home.

Live Support From Reggie

Reggie will offer four live sessions on Zoom to answer your questions about the teachings and practices he presents in the course curriculum. The live sessions will be recorded and posted to the course platform for later viewing.
“Meditation is learning to tap into the wisdom, inspiration and unconditional love of the body. All we need to do is let go and let the body show us our true life.”

— Dr. Reggie Ray

Course Curriculum

Each week, a new talk and new guided practice from Reggie will be released. 

Unit 1

Talk

Fundamental Human Transformation

Guided Practice

10 Points Practice

Unit 3

Talk

Ways of Knowing

Guided Practice

Earth Descent and Earth Breathing

Unit 5

Talk

Five Invitations

Guided Practice

6 Levels of the Breath

Unit 7

Talk

Meditation as a Path of Healing

Guided Practice

Whole Body Breathing and Rooting

Unit 9

Talk

Spirituality in the Modern World

Guided Practice

Central Channel 2

Unit 2

Talk

Meditation and Individuation

Guided Practice

The Posture of Meditation

Unit 4

Talk

Aspects of the Journey

Guided Practice

Yin Breathing

Unit 6

Talk

Working with Trauma

Guided Practice

12-fold Lower Belly Breathing

Unit 8

Talk

Esoteric Tradition of the Body

Guided Practice

Central Channel 1

Unit 10

Talk

Body as Sacred Journey

Guided Practice

Dissolving with the Outbreath

Weekly Video Gatherings

 

There will be 10 weekly Zoom calls led by Reggie, Caroline, and senior teachers.

These call times may be subject to change. Dharma Ocean will inform students within the course platform of any changes. 

A Course Preview from Reggie Ray

In this clip from the course entitled “Fundamental Human Transformation”, Reggie speaks to the contrast between our interpretation of life (the map) and our experience of it (the territory).

How Can We Practice Genuine Spirituality in the Modern World?

In this video, Reggie explores how much of the spirituality offered today is commodified and seen as something to possess. It is incapable of satisfying our deeper longing or touching the reasons why we seek a spiritual practice in the first place.

Yet there is a way for us to access the wisdom that can meet our deepest human need, a wisdom that brings us to the direct heart of our human experience. This is the path of somatic meditation.

Trust Experience

In this clip from the course, Reggie discusses how spirituality and spiritual practice have historically existed inside of mental maps. While these mental constructs were once considered above questioning, they are now viewed as arbitrary and relative. Somatic meditation, Reggie reminds us, can take us into an experience beyond any map or ideology, where we can access the deep truth of our being. Free of the limitations of any map, we can discover the territory of our own lives.

Sacred Unfolding

In this video excerpt taken from the second week of the course, “Meditation and Individuation”, Reggie discusses how all of the things we’ve experienced in our life, no matter how challenging, have established the framework for our own spiritual development.

“Our body is the most direct and perfect path to profound spiritual transformation. Through our body, we connect with the inherent, self-existing wakefulness that is already present within it.”

 — Reggie Ray

Scholarship Information

If you currently have financial hardship and find the cost of this program prohibitive, please email us at info@dharmaocean.org for a financial assistance application prior to registration.

Questions?

If you have questions, please reach out to us: 303-652-0795 or info@dharmaocean.org

 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dharma Ocean has very limited staff.  We’ll due our very best to respond to your inquiries and questions as quickly as possible. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.