Tuesdays are open to anyone, newbies, visitors, occassional meditators, etc. These evenings are fully guided so they're a great opportunity to learn how to meditate. Those who attend on a consistent basis, over several months, will learn a variety of body-based and traditional sitting meditation practices. The teacher will use language that is accessible to anyone, regardless of background. You can sit in a chair or on a cushion, meditation works either way.
We also do book discussions evenings, once a month. On Dec. 10 we're starting on "Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body" by Reggie Ray. Details and study questions are posted on our meetup page.
Our drop-in schedule will likely last into the spring or early summer of next year, until the next 3 month Buddhist foundations teaching series begins (date TBD). This course teaches the foundational principles of Buddhism and introduces one to other aspects of our lineage. Those with a serious interest in dharma training will want to consider taking part in this at that time.
It is highly recommended that you create a free Meetup.com profile and join Meetup.com/DharmaOceanDenver (our public calendar) - this is how you can receive regular weekly schedule updates, and be part of the mailing list to hear from Sean or other community members.
Please click here for our public Tuesday night calendar. Please RSVP on the event page for the evening you plan to attend and also read the detailed description for that evening, as sometimes there's a specific teaching or practice being introduced. Our Meetup page is our main communication tool. Last minute cancellations go out to those who have RSVP'd for an event.
We are a sangha, a community of people who train in meditation as the primary method for waking up to one's genuine life. Our path is based in Vajrayana Buddhism, specifically
the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as passed on by his student Reggie Ray. The group is mentored by Sean McNamara, a long-time student of Reggie. To learn more about Reggie Ray and
Dharma Ocean Foundation, please visit www.DharmaOcean.org.
Our Sunday and Tuesday classes are designed so that anyone with any level of experience can attend, and learn methods that are accessible and easy to bring back to one's daily practice. We offer guided meditation evenings as well as classes in the foundation of Buddha-dharma. We draw upon the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana (Mahamudra) for our practice and study.
Those who are seeking a long-term relationship with a community and a teacher, and who see the spiritual path as a life-long journey will find those resources here. Just like sailing a ship needs a rudder to ensure one lands at the intended destination, training with a lineage and receiving prescibed personal guidance at specific stages of the path ensures fruition of your journey.
The dharma, or "Buddhism", isn't something that can be memorized intellectually and then "figured out". Rather, it's the slow, constant unfolding of truth and love through one's life with the support and feedback of a guide and a community of fellow practitioners. In Dharma Ocean Denver one will find an environment of friendship, healing, relaxation, and support - and serious meditation training.
If you'd like a reading resource to learn about our path, we recommend Reggie Ray's works "Indestructible Truth", "Secret of the Vajra World", and "Touching Enlightenment". We also highly recommend texts by Chogyam Trungpa such as "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism", "The Heart of the Buddha", and "The Path is the Goal".
If you are curious about what we have to offer, come check us out! Visitors are always welcome.
Tuesday nights are for visitors and new meditators. These nights are also attended by sangha members from the Sunday group. Tuesday is a great night for you to ask questions and become familiar with this group and what we do here, and there's no need to make a commitment of any kind.
You can learn a variety of meditation practices at your own pace, share your experience with a group of like-minded people, and receive individual guidance from the teacher.
Sunday nights are for:
1. Those who commit to attending on a regular basis (at least 2 or 3 Sundays each month) and maintain a regular meditation practice at home.
AND one of the following:
2. Those who have completed the Hinayana training course, offered once a year, OR
3. Those who have attended at least one week of a residential retreat at Dharma Ocean Foundation's center in Crestone (i.e. Summer Meditation Intentive, Winter Dathun, or Meditating with the Body) OR
4. Has been an active member of another Dharma Ocean city center.
We structure our Sundays this way to foster an environment of friendship, familiarity, respect and safety. Also, the Sunday group is on an ongoing progressive course of training with distinct periods for new people to join in.
This is similar to the feel of an extended group retreat; very powerful and supportive. Of course our hope is that Tuesday nights also embody the same qualities.
Anyone wishing to move from a Tuesday night to Sunday night should speak with Sean first.
Before your first visit, please take some time to review our Orientation Guide.
New to meditation? Try at home by listening to these talks, then come practice with our group and bring your questions too!