Touching Enlightenment by Reginald A. Ray PhD.
Finding Realization in the Body

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What does it mean to "meditate with the body"? Until you answer this question, explains Reggie Ray, meditation may be no more than a mental gymnastic —something you can practice for years without fruitful results. In Touching Enlightenment, the esteemed author of five books about Buddhist history and practice guides you back to the original practice of the Buddha: a systematic process that results in a profound awareness in your body rather than in your head.

Combining the scholarship that has earned him international renown with original insights from nearly four decades practicing and teaching meditation, Reggie Ray invites you to explore:

How to enter fully into communion with your embodied nature The insights of Tibetan yoga, from guidance on breathing and working with discomfort to its challenge to modern practitioners on the path to realization Why "rejected" experience becomes imprinted in the body —and how to receive it anew to reconstitute your human way of being Karma of cause and karma of result —taking full responsibility for your life Your three bodies—the physical, the interpersonal, and the cosmic

About Reginald A. Ray PhD.

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Reginald A. Ray, Ph.D. is one of the most innovative and experienced meditation teachers currently teaching in the West, drawing on thirty-eight years of study within the Tibetan tradition and many years of solitary and group retreat practice. He teaches within the dharma and meditation lineages of the great siddha Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. On the faculty of Naropa University since its beginning, he is the author of Indestructible Truth (Shambhala, 2002), Secret of the Vajra World (Shambhala, 2002), Buddhist Saints in India (Oxford University Press, 1999), In the Presence of Masters (Shambhala, 2004), and other books.
Published January 1, 2008 by Sounds True. 417 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Ray, a student of Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, has written several other books and very evidently knows a great deal about meditation and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as passed down by his unconventional guru.

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Spirituality & Practice

The author examines the value of practicing attention to the body and many of its benefits including the art of letting go, discomfort, dealing with pain, tracking our emotions, the "good news" of chaos, and cultivating the imagination in body work.

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that our entire body is a thinking, mindful organism, ready to give us the answers we are looking for if we are ready to listen.

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Disciple and friend of Mircea Eliade, Chögyam Trungpa and Malidoma Some, Ray writes with expansive knowledge founded on years of religious study and experience.

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