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Meditating with the Body®: Portland!

posted Feb 23, 2018, 8:17 AM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated May 14, 2018, 5:34 PM ]

October 26, 2018 – March 13, 2019

Meditating with the Body® is a training program developed by the renowned Buddhist scholar, meditation teacher Dr. Reggie Ray. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered to be the gateway to enlightenment - to discover the body is to discover awareness and our own most direct and effective path to profound spiritual transformation.

Designed for beginning and experienced meditators alike, this in-depth training focuses on a series of powerful body-based meditation practices drawn from Tibetan Yoga. The comprehensive five-month program cultivates learning and discovery through systematic study, intensive practice, and integration of the practices into daily life.  It is one of the prerequisite courses for entering the Vajrayana in the Dharma Ocean lineage.

Training begins and culminates with five-day residential retreats where participants are introduced to the practices within the depth of retreat and supported by the warmth of fellow retreatants, meditation instructors, and a beautiful Columbia River Gorge environment. Between retreats, practice deepens through an extensive at-home curriculum of readings and guided practices enriched by personalized guidance from a meditation instructor and a study group led by your meditation instructor.

 Curriculum Highlights

  • In-depth instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice
  • Establishing strong inner and outer sitting posture based on the principles of alignment, relaxation and resilience
  • Extensive instruction in the Tibetan Yoga practices of: prana breathing, earth breathing, diagnostic breathing, and many more breath awareness exercises
  • Uncovering the genesis and nature of the “self,” including how and why it is created and maintained
  • Working directly with physical discomfort, illness and disease
  • Experiencing the body as the expression of your personal karmic history
  • Understanding how karma is created, stored and released in the body
  • Relating to the body as the manifestation of enlightenment itself
  • Teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Five Skandhas, Spiritual Materialism, Buddha Nature, and more

During each retreat, you will strengthen your practice with:

  • Extensive daily instruction from Amy Stahl, Dharma Ocean Senior Teacher
  • A daily question and answer period
  • A private meeting with a personal meditation instructor
  • A meeting with your meditation study group to share your experiences within a small group context
  • A structured sitting schedule to apply your learning and further develop your practice

For the months In between the retreats, your practice will deepen with:

  • A substantial at-home curriculum created by Reggie Ray exclusively for Meditating with the Body including recorded lectures, readings, and guided exercises lead by Reggie to further your conceptual and experiential understanding of how the body is the gateway to enlightenment
  • A monthly private interview with your personal meditation instructor
  • A monthly meeting with your meditation study group

Reading List

During the 4-month home study, we will be using the following books as part of the curriculum:

“Cutting through Spiritual Materialism,” by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Indestructible Truth,” by Reginald Ray

“Secret of the Vajra World,” by Reginald Ray

“Touching Enlightenment,” by Reginald Ray

“The Posture of Meditation,” by Will Johnson 

You will need to purchase the above 5 books on your own.


5-day Opening and Closing Retreats:

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon 

Opening Retreat: October 26 – 31, 2018
Closing Retreat: March 8 – 13, 2019

Group meetings will be at our usual Portland location.  Individual meditation instruction meetings will be at agreed upon locations.

Retreat Cost

The total price of the program is $2100. (This includes tuition, food and lodging for the retreats, but not the books in the list above.)  Scholarships/workstudy may be available.  If you would like to make a contribution to a scholarship fund to support sangha members who may be unable to afford the program, please write. 


Please write to reserve your spot and make a deposit.  The program is limited to 12 and is offered only to members of the Portland sangha.

Program Staffing Opportunities

If you feel inspired and called to deepen your training by serving in a staff role (and if there are enough participants, a workstudy scholarship), please contact me.  


Teacher & Program Leader

Amy RM Stahl has been an ardent student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's dharma for nearly twenty years. She became a student of Dr. Ray in 2002 while earning a Master of Divinity at Naropa University, and is a Chaplain in the Dharma Ocean lineage. She has been a meditation instructor since 2004, and works primarily with Vajrayana students.  She has been teaching since 2011 as Director of Dharma Ocean Portland. Amy recently edited a compendium of Dr. Ray’s teachings on Vajrayogini, and is a teacher in The Sogetsu School of Ikebana. 

Meditation Instructor

Kathryn McNeill has studied mindfulness and spirituality for 18 years, and became a student of Reggie Ray in 2002. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and works as an attorney to uphold the basic rights of low-income families. This work requires her to bear witness to the suffering, trauma and resiliency of her clients on a daily basis.  She engages her clients and students with humor, curiosity and deep reverence for the wisdom held within each body, each experience.  She is trained in the Hakomi method and as a life coach, and before my time as an attorney worked as an educator and advocate for healthy families. 

Sogetsu Ikebana Classes

posted Oct 15, 2017, 9:33 AM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 10:02 PM ]

Continuing at least monthly.  

Ikebana - Japanese Floral Fine Art - is itself a practice with a full training path, the fruition of which is unique and personal expression: “anytime, anywhere, with anything!”  

Classes are ongoing; students can start anytime, and progress at their own pace. Write me for more information.  

Spring 2018 Retreat at Menucha

posted Jun 25, 2017, 10:21 AM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 3:56 PM ]

Our community retreat, May 31 - June 3, 2018 at Menucha is full. 

The Somatic Practice of Pure Awareness

posted Jan 15, 2017, 10:37 AM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 10:45 AM ]

A Dharma Ocean Foundation Online Course with Reggie Ray... made local! 
(Because that's how we Portlanders roll.)  

We will be starting a (mostly) weekly course, March 21 until May 21. It’s going to be wonderful — a new online course taught by Reggie, which we will have the privilege of doing together “live” (and less expensively per person).  During that time we won’t have other group meditation gatherings, so I hope you’ll plan on taking the class!  Guaranteed it will deepen your sitting practice.  More details to come soon.

Foundations of Mahamudra Retreat

posted Aug 16, 2016, 12:20 PM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 7:32 AM ]

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
December 1 (Arrive by 5:00 pm) - December 4 (1:30 pm), 2016
Limited to 12 participants.  Registration deadline: Saturday August 27th.
Cost: $335  (Includes meals, lodging and tuition. Lodging in doubles and triples.)

Mahamudra is considered to be one of the most profound practices of Tibetan Buddhism, and yet the bodywork protocols and meditation instructions of this lineage allow us to taste it's fruition — even as new practitioners.  

Drop deeply into practice, broaden your view, and enjoy the sangha during this three day retreat in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.     

Scholarships may be available.  Please write if you would like to apply.  Donations to the scholarship fund can be made through the registration link below.

Amy RM Stahl will be leading this retreat.  

To register (by August 27th):
About Menucha:
Questions about the retreat?

The view from our Shrine Room:
Photo by Sharmil Elliott@Cherished.Photography.Hi

See Events Calendar for Schedule

posted Sep 27, 2015, 4:27 PM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 8:09 AM ]

If you'd like to know what's happening with Dharma Ocean Portland, please check out our Events Calendar on this site.  If you'd like to join us at a gathering or class, or to meet with Amy for meditation instruction, please contact us!  We have plenty going on through the fall, I've just been remiss about posting it here in the "What's Happening" section. Too much redundancy in the system!  

Scheduled Gatherings Coming Up

posted May 9, 2015, 4:13 PM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated May 15, 2015, 6:12 PM ]

Future gatherings to note in your calendars:

Wed, May 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tue, June 2, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wed, June 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tue, July 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Sun, July 19, 9:30am – 12:30pm

I will ask for RSVPs as the each date nears, but I hope this helps folks plan to attend.  These dates are also listed in our "Events Calendar," a link to which you will find on the left.  

Hope you see you!

Profound Treasury Volume 2, and group meditation schedule

posted Dec 28, 2014, 10:27 AM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Dec 28, 2014, 10:27 AM ]

For the next couple of months, we are running a class based on Chögyam Trungpa's Profound Treasury Volume 2 on Sunday afternoons.  Folks not in the class are invited to come practice with us beginning at 3, for roughly 1-1.5 hours.  Class participants will carry on after that until 6. 

All Sunday afternoons:
Jan 4, 2015, 3:00
Jan 11, 2015, 3:00 
Jan 18, 2015, 3:00
Feb 1, 2015, 3:00
Feb 8, 2015, 3:00
Feb 22, 2015, 3:00
Mar 8, 2015, 3:00

The class itself based on the Mahayana teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.  We will be following Judy Lief's online course on The Profound Treasury of the Dharma Volume 2: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion.  She is a great teacher, knowledgeable and funny, and a contemporary of Reggie's.

The course is in seven classes, January 4 - March 8, 3-6 pm.  There is reading for each class (a pdf of the  book is included in the class fee).  During  class periods we'll practice, watch the videos of Judy's talks, and have discussion on the topics as time permits.  If you are interested in joining us, please write portland[at]dharmaocean[dot]org.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.

December Gatherings

posted Nov 21, 2014, 8:13 PM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 8:13 PM ]

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6:30 pm - 8:30
Sunday, Dec. 21, 9:30 am - 12 noon
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join us.

Sunday morning practice and potluck lunch

posted Nov 21, 2014, 8:12 PM by Dharma Ocean Portland   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 8:12 PM ]

November 30th... hope you join us.  Write to for more information.

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