Waylon talks with American Buddhist academic and teacher, Reggie Ray, about Chögyam Trungpa, Dharma Ocean and Busyness as Laziness:
“Meditation shows us how to put our thinking mind offline and begin to reawaken our larger somatic nature…what it means to be human.” ~ Reggie Ray, Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis
“Because of our lifestyle and our culture we are more disconnected from the felt presence of being alive than any people ever.” ~ Reggie Ray, Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis
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Info from Reggie Ray’s website:
Reggie Ray has known Waylon since he was a little boy. Reggie, along with Waylon’s parents, was one of Chögyam Trungpa’s first students in America. He was a faculty member of Naropa University, where he taught from 1974 until 2009.
He was teacher in Residence at Shambhala Mountain Center from 1996–2004, and co-founded 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. As the Spiritual Director of Dharma Ocean Foundation, he oversees the community and teaches meditation programs in Crestone, Colorado, and elsewhere in North America.
Overall, Reggie’s work has made the highest teachings of Tibetan Buddhism accessible to modern people and effective in addressing their spiritual longings, aspirations and imperatives.
Reggie Ray’s other appearances on elephant journal:
Selected Upcoming Dharma Ocean Programs Summer Meditation Intensive:
May 30-June 8, Led by Sean McNamara: Similar in structure to the annual Winter Dathün, this retreat offers structured training in the practice of meditation—the simple yet profound practice of awakening to our most fundamental self. MEDITATING WITH THE BODY®
September 9, 2014–February 22, 2015, Led by Tami Simon and Nanda Zipp: Created for meditators of all levels, this in-depth training focuses on a series of powerful “body-based awareness” exercises drawn from Tibetan Yoga, with two residential retreats and a five month, at-home curriculum. WINTER DATHÜN
December 14, 2014-January 11, 2015, Led by Reggie Ray: This retreat offers intensive meditation training grounded in the somatic approach developed by Reggie Ray. Within the warmth of supportive community, this is a life-changing opportunity to journey deep into the limitless openness, wisdom and joy that are within each one of us. Go for weekly segments or the full month. For the full calendar, visit: Dharma Ocean.
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