"We are attempting to practice meditation and to follow a spiritual path in a disembodied state, and our practice is therefore doomed to failure"
Finding Realization in the Body
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.
My sense is that there is a very real problem among meditation practitioners. We are attempting to practice meditation and to follow a spiritual path in a disembodied state, and our practice is therefore doomed to failure. The full benefits and fruition of meditation cannot be experienced or enjoyed when we are not grounded in our bodies.
This implies not only that we are able to touch enlightenment with our bodies, but that we must do so – that in fact there is no other way to touch enlightenment except in and through our bodies.
Reginald A. Ray