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    What is Meant by "Empowerment"? Paid Member

    We talk a lot about “empowerment” in the Vajrayana and it is important to understand exactly what that means. To receive empowerment doesn’t mean that someone grants you the power to escape from your life, or to override and control things you don’t like; rather, they help you tap into the power you inherently possess to surrender utterly to your unique life, which is the only gateway in the entire universe through which you can enter eternity. Reginald A. Ray, from "The Vajrayana Journey is an experience of love, power, and freedom." (Winter 2010) Reggie's Tricycle Retreat is currently in session! To participate, become a Tricycle Community Supporting or Sustaining Member. More »
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    The Inner Body isn't Solid and Fixed Paid Member

    In Week 2 of his Tricycle Retreat, "Touching Enlightenment," Reginald A. Ray continued with his teachings on body meditation, taking the participants further into the practice of lower belly meditative visualizations.  After the completing the session, one participant states: I usually meditate by following the breath process through nostrils to throat, chest to belly and back again. Doing the mediation focusing on the lower belly has been an interesting experiment. I am struck by how easily my mind settles down with this point of focus. Talk about being able to rest and look. Enjoying your teachings and looking forward to next week. Reggie responds, More »
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    One Size Doesn't Fit All in the Spiritual Journey Paid Member

    Reginald A. Ray, From Week 2 of his Tricycle Retreat "Touching Enlightenment," More »
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    Ultimate truth is found in the relative Paid Member

    From the viewpoint of Vajrayana, “ultimate truth” is found in the relative, and nowhere else. Relative truth—our lives experienced nakedly, with no overlay—always arrives as a fissure in the fabric of our conceptual world. It feels risky because it’s pointing to an area that is unknown to our egos; and the invitation to the Vajrayana practitioner is to step through that fissure—to go toward it, to trust it, and to open to it. And the interesting thing is that on the other side it’s dark. You actually can’t see the essence of the relative situation you’re in before you step through. It’s very much a kind of darkness practice because you’re stepping into something, but you have absolutely no idea where you’re going to land or even who you’re going to be on the other side. The surrender is that complete. This is how you live in the relative world while practicing in an ultimate way.  More »
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    The Body is the Unconscious Paid Member

    A participant in Week 1 of Reggie Ray's Tricycle Retreat, in response to Reggie's teaching, states: I had never heard that the body is the unconscious. Will have to ponder that for a while. Thank you for your generosity. Reggie responds, More »
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    Embodying Meditation Paid Member

    "What is involved in meditating in an embodied way and inhabiting the body in our practice? Initially we are talking about really paying attention to the body in a direct and nonconceptual way. This involves very focused work and work that requires regularity and long-term commitment. In fact, I would say that once one “catches on” to what meditating with the body is all about, one enters a path that will unfold as long as there is life. At the same time, the experiential impact of the work is immediately felt, so there is confirmation of the rightness of what we are doing and a natural trust in the process that is beginning to unfold. More »