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The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness

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.

January 26 through April 6, 2021

The Tantric Style of Embodied Meditation

This online program offers in-depth training in the somatic practice of pure awareness. This is the simplest and also the most advanced teaching—the essence—of the Tibetan tantric tradition. Pure Awareness, also called the awakened state or the Buddha mind, is our most fundamental nature, a part of ourselves that is neither born nor dies and underlies all of the experiences of our human life.

In this online course, Reggie leads us through the training stages of the somatic practice of pure awareness. We are invited into embodied awakening as we journey into the limitless openness, wisdom, and joy that are within each of us, waiting just beneath the surface of our everyday experience.

Course Features

Weekly Video Teachings

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

Progressive Curriculum

A developmental sequence of practice instruction fosters a deepening experience of embodiment.

Live Video Calls

Join weekly live video calls for teachings and Q&A with Dr. Reggie Ray and Caroline Pfohl.

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.

Study Supports

Study questions and recommended readings from The Practice of Pure Awareness by Reggie Ray.

About the Teacher

Dr. Reginald “Reggie” Ray  draws on four decades of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to address the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.

Video Excerpt: The Importance of Relaxation in Meditation

Discussion Group with a 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.
“In the practice of pure awareness, we are developing the refinement and sensitivity to fly in the space of awareness and abide in the space of reality.”

— Dr. Reggie Ray

Course Curriculum

Each week, a new talk and guided meditation is released.

Unit 1

Talk

Why Meditate?

Guided Practice

10 Points Practice

Unit 3

Talk

The Four Noble Truths

Guided Practice

Yin Breathing

Unit 5

Talk

Discovering Sanity

Guided Practice

Opening the Central Channel

Unit 7

Talk

Recovering Our Human Life

Guided Practice

Sitting with the Heart

Unit 9

Talk

The Path of Refuge

Guided Practice

Boycott Impulse

Unit 2

Talk

The Four Reminders

Guided Practice

Earth Descent

Unit 4

Talk

It’s Not What We Think

Guided Practice

Straight Back

Unit 6

Talk

Why We Suffer

Guided Practice

Relaxing with the Posture

Unit 8

Talk

The Somatic Experience of the Third Noble Truth

Guided Practice

Space of the Central Channel

Unit 10

Talk

From Practice, A New World

Guided Practice

Journey with the Posture

“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

Registration Information

  • Course Price: $299
  • Registration closes January 25th
  • Scholarships and hardship pricing is available
  • If you have previously participated in The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness course, you are warmly invited to attend this year’s course at a discount. For details, please email: info@dharmaocean.org

 

Prerequisites

This is the second in a series of five online courses that offer experiential training in the core somatic teachings and practices of the Dharma Ocean lineage.

In order to take this Practice of Pure Awareness online course, it will be important for you to have good familiarity with the core somatic practices of this lineage. That familiarity can best be gained by:
  1. by having taken the first course in the series, Awakening the Body;
  2. having attended the Meditating with the Body five month program; or
  3. having attended an in person program such as the Winter Meditation Intensive where those practices are taught.
If you have not done any of these, it is still possible to enroll in this program in two additional ways:
  • Read Reggie’s book The Awakening Body, which introduces the six core practices and provides a free download of the guided practices. The book is available here through Shambhala Publications. You should do each of the core practices enough so that you feel thoroughly familiar with them.
  • Engage the practices as taught in Reggie’s audio program Your Breathing Body Volume I, which is available here at Sounds True. Again, do each guided practice enough times so you feel thoroughly familiar with it.