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Awakening the Body

A 10-Week Online Course with Dr. Reggie Ray

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.

Begins October 3, 2019

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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 the body and integrating that wisdom into everyday life. You will learn ten unique somatic meditation practices to connect with the interior experience of the body, release unconscious holding and tension, and connect with the joy and freedom at the core of our being.

The course runs from October 3 — December 12, 2019. This is the first course in our Foundation Series and a prerequisite for subsequent online courses. Find out more about our foundational series here.

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.

Online Q & A

Send your questions to a trained meditation instructor and receive guidance on your practice.

Weekly Video Calls

Join weekly live video calls for teachings and Q&A with Dharma Ocean teacher, Jessika Siorai.

Downloadable Content

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

Guided Audio Meditations

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

Weekly Readings

Each unit features recommended reading 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.

Weekly Live Calls with Jessika Siorai

Jessika Siorai has had meditation at the center of her life for more than 25 years, and she has studied with Reggie Ray since 2005. In her teaching she is interested in sharing a meditative path that is not afraid of the messiness of life, inviting the full range of human experience. A lover of poetry, people, and remote mountain trails, she is a practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Taoist medicine, and facilitates the Dharma Ocean meditation community in Boulder, CO.

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.

Support From a Trained Senior Teacher

Dharma Ocean senior teachers have a longstanding commitment to the Dharma Ocean path and lineage. As practitioners, they are committed to their personal practice and complete many weeks of residential and solitary retreat before being trained and authorized to teach. Many have been students of Reggie’s for 10 years or more, and all have thousands of hours of active meditation training and practice.

“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 is 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

Proposed Awakening the Body Video Call Schedule

Sunday Oct 13th 12:00pm
Sunday Oct 20th 6:00pm
**Sunday Oct 27th 12:00 Reggie Livestream
Sunday Nov 3rd 6:00pm
Sunday Nov 10th 12:00pm
Sunday Nov 17th 6:00pm
Sunday Nov 24th 12:00pm
Sunday Dec 1st 6:00pm
Sunday Dec 8th 6:00pm
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).

“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, prior to registration, please complete a financial aid application.

Questions?

If you have questions, please reach out to us: 303-955-2574 or info@dharmaocean.org