Episode 105: The Forest Dwelling Yogi
"Enlightenment is found in the Body and nowhere else." - famous Dzogchen saying
We're joined in this interview by Reginald Ray--author of numerous books on Tibetan Buddhism and teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In this episode we discuss the forest dwelling meditator, a category of practitioner outside of the normal lay / monastic dichotomy. In particular we look at the role that retreat--both group and solitary--plays for the type of practitioner that does intensive retreat but is not a full-time practitioner. We also discuss Reggie's teaching emphasis on the shamanic aspect of Vajrayana Buddhism, particulary the role that the body plays in awakening.
This is part 1 of a two-part series. Listen to part 2, Tibetan Buddhist Lineage in the West.