What It Means To Be Fully Human.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Apr 23, 2011
get elephant's newsletter

You will reach a point where the heart tells itself what to do. ~Achaan Chah

“The vajra body, or the body of enlightenment, is the unfettered life of the heart. It is the flow of feeling, the cascade of emotions, the emptiness and openness and complete nakedness of our sensibilities and it is knowing that what sees in us is our heart, not our mind.

The vajra body expresses itself – it’s the free flow of our expressivity as human persons, not hampered by hope and fear and not driven by personal agendas; undefended, freely given to the universe in song, in dance, in words, in poetry, in painting, in cooking, in love. Finally, the vajra body is about the free flow of the thinking mind: that thoughts arise like shooting stars, they light up the sky and they disappear.” ~Reggie Ray of the Dharma Ocean Foundation

Here is Dr. Ray explaining the Vajrayana view of Loving-Kindness.


Dr. Reggie Ray currently resides in Crestone, Colorado, where he is Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the practice lineage he embodied.

The Dharma Ocean Foundation has an online media store where you can download “theme-based affordable bundles of talks, as well as complete program recordings.” Right now they are offering a free MP3 or PDF download, a talk from Reggie Ray entitled, “Emotional Awakening.” Click here for this free download.

Elephant Meditation is now on twitter… Click here to follow us!

Elephant 365 is an example of Elephant Journal’s commitment to the Mindful Life. Everyday we will offer a new reading regarding meditation practice and the spiritual path, all infused with a fresh perspective on traditional spirituality. If you would like to follow Elephant 365 on FaceBook click hereand become a fan of Elephant Meditation by clicking the “Like” tab at the top of the page.


About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


3 Responses to “What It Means To Be Fully Human.”

  1. Juliet says:

    Looks like there is part 1 & 2. On my way to the free download.

    Thank you!

  2. Elana says:

    This is a beautiful site full of great information. thank you.