The Joyous Meditation Teachings of Lorin Roche

Meditation is a natural human experience

Meditation is instinctive, part of our survival resources. It is an ability to rest more deeply than sleep, in a few minutes, allow healing, and emerge refreshed. We all have this ability. To access it, be aware of your relationship with the rhythm of life in any way you choose — the flow of breathing, the flow of energies in the body, the flow of thought and feeling. Rest there.

When you are skillful at meditation, the experience is effortless. It make take work to make time for meditation, but the technique itself is effortless because you are going with your own nature. Learning to meditate is a matter of learning the skills of welcoming all your sensations, emotions, rhythms, and surprising internal journeys. Everyone needs help with this.

Even beginners can meditate beautifully. There are a few skills you need to learn right away and begin practicing within a few seconds of beginning — because if you are
not welcoming all your emotions, sensations, and thoughts, then you will be developing the habit of resisting them. The habits of resistance can take a long time to overcome.

Let your brain sort itself out. When we allow meditation to be restful, then the brain does some of the same kind of housecleaning that it does during sleep and dreaming.

The ability is built-in to your body. There are thousands of ways. When you find the approach that suits your nature, meditation is refreshing, a relief.

Right now, just breathe out with a sigh. Time yourself - breathe out slowly, over and over again, for one minute. Most likely, your body began to enter meditative restfulness. Learning to meditate so well that you become a daily meditator and get all the benefits, takes some skill.

Find the technique that works for you.

The skills of meditation are similar to the skills of love: how to pay tender attention,
How to welcome all human experience, how to welcome the emerging of a whole person.

Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine

Freedom in Meditation

The essence of meditation is simple: select some aspect of life’s self-renewing rhythm that you love, and dive in. Allow yourself to be attracted within, and accept everything that you experience as part of your conversation with life. Let this be the most natural thing in the world. Meditation is a bath in the essence of life so we can return to our chores refreshed and energized.

Meditation is a love relationship between your body and infinity, and it's sensual. When we welcome a breath, we engage our senses of touch, hearing, balance, smell, and taste. When we meditate on the chakras, we use our senses of inner touch, inner vision, inner hearing, and motion. When we meditate on a mantra, we use our inner hearing and touch and vision. The urge to merge, the longing to melt into love with the essence of life is one of a human being's strongest urges. It's unstoppable. There are thousands of different meditation techniques. When you practice in a way that is natural for your individuality, you feel free inside, at ease, rejuvenated.

Lorin & Camille

Instinctive Meditation

Dr. Lorin Roche has been researching and teaching meditation for 49 years and is the author of 6 books.
Camille Maurine is a dancer and the author of Meditation Secrets for Women. Between them they have 90 years of experience teaching meditation.

Human beings are naturally good at meditation. The ability to meditate is built-in to our bodies and is instinctive. The key is to find the style, the particular doorway into meditation that works for your individual nature and life. Explore and find yours.

The Radiance Sutras

The Radiance Sutras – 112 Gateways into the Yoga of Wonder & Delight
Sounds True, 2014

"Lorin’s Radiance Sutras evoke spontaneous joyful insights into the nature of reality, self, and existence. I have always felt that there is a passionate heart implicit in the Sanskrit language. Lorin unfolds the underlying significance of the Vijñāna Bhairava text beautifully, revealing layers of meaning woven into poetry to awaken contact with the Soul."
– Deepak Chopra MD

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“If you love Rumi, Hafiz, The Tao, if you love words dancing out of the mystery, welcome to The Radiance Sutras: these are among the most profound, exquisite and luminous verses you will ever read.”
– Jack Kornfield, Author of
A Path With Heart

"I LOVE, I mean I truly LOVE Lorin Roche’s Radiance Sutras; his beautifully poetic rendition of the classic Vijñāna Bhairava text that has been handed down to us by the Kashmir nondual tradition. Lorin offers us a version that should be savored, word-by-word, slowly, deliciously, like the five-star meal it is, that’s served with only the finest and rarest of wines. His words capture the essential perfume of the indescribable mystery that is our essential nature, which has given birth to each of us, that underlies the entire cosmos. The Radiance Sutras is a book that will bring you endless days and nights of delight, joy and wonder. Certainly, this is one book I’d want if ever I was stranded on a desert island. This is a must have for your reading table, to keep close by, to savor, that reminds us of the mystery of love incarnate that we and everything around us is."
– Richard Miller, Author of
Yoga Nidra

"Lorin Roche's rendition of the Vijnana Bhairava is truly radiant, filled with insight and poetry, and illumined by the power of his practice."
– Sally Kempton, author of
Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga

“Like feeling and reading Shakti in print. I read a little bit each day, then close my eyes and do the exercise, or ponder the thought. I let the warm sweet loving words and imagery wash and heal my many layers of self.”
– Lilias Folan, author of
Lilias! Yoga

"Lorin Roche's
Radiance Sutras present the most inspiring translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Sutras I have ever encountered. It is juicy, hip, intelligent, inspiring and the best companion for your daily life. We all need daily reminders to "Celebrate the boundary where body meets infinity.” This book is a must read!
– Margot Anand, author of
The Art of Sexual Ecstasy

"Lorin Roche is a tantric troubadour! His engaging and lively version of The Radiance Sutras captures the joy and spontaneity of the original Sanskrit and is a unique window onto the meditative experience."
– David Gordon White, author of
The Alchemical Body

"Following the contours and resonances of the original Sanskrit terms, Dr. Lorin Roche has created a masterwork of sound and meaning. Building on the classic study of Paul Reps, who recognized the linkage between Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism, and with homage to Swami Lakshmanjoo, the late great teacher of this sacred Tantric tradition, Roche has titled each verse, given a detailed account of each word, and provided an expansive translation that invites the reader into the state of total presence. Enjoy this work of love!"
– Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director, Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, author of
Yoga and the Luminous: Patañjali's Spiritual Path to Freedom

Here is a
sample of the first 15 pages.


LOVE AND WONDER: A MEDITATION RETREAT WITH THE RADIANCE SUTRAS – Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, February 24-March 1, 2019. Meditation Retreat and Training with Dr. Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine. Reserve your space now (this workshop is full but you can put your name on the waiting list - Esalen sometimes lets more people in at the last moment).

RADIANCE SUTRAS FLOW - An Instinctive Meditation and Movement Retreat - Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, Massachusetts. April 5–7, 2019.
Register here.

SHAKTI FEST - Sutra Jam with Camille Maurine and Lorin Roche in Joshua Tree, California, May 9-13, 2019 -
Shaktifest information here.

WILD SERENITY: THE GIFT OF MEDITATION FOR THE LIFE OF LOVE AND INTIMACY – 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, California, June 9-14, 2019. Meditation Retreat with Camille Maurine and Lorin Roche.
Go here to register

A WEEKEND WITH THE RADIANCE SUTRAS – Yoga on High, Columbus, Ohio. June 28-30th, 2019. Meditation Training with Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine.
Read more and register

AT PLAY WITH THE RADIANCE SUTRAS – Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, Massachusetts. August 23-28, 2019. Meditation Retreat and Training with Dr. Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, and Coby Kozlowski.
Registration is now open!

December 6-13 on Maui at Black Rock Beach - a 7-day meditation teacher training special workshop. To register, email [email protected]
info here

Become a Meditation Teacher

Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training
200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification Program
Yoga Alliance
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Find What Works For You

There are hundreds of techniques for meditating. The Radiance Sutras describes 112. If you want to thrive in meditation and get the benefits – relaxation in action, clarity of mind, resistance to stress-related illness, a happy heart – then select the techniques that feel natural to you. You will love the ones that go with your nature. You will know when you have found your meditation practice because you are meditating every day and enjoying yourself, and the benefits are flowing throughout your life.

You don’t have to change yourself.
You don’t have to sit still.
You don’t have to sit cross-legged.
You don’t have to make your mind blank.
You don’t have to calm down.
The more real with yourself you are, the better.

The essence of meditation is simple: select some aspect of life’s self-renewing rhythm that you love, and dive in. Allow your love to attract you inward toward the essence of inspiration.

As with any love relationship, there are skills to learn.

Human bodies are naturally good at meditation. It’s a built-in instinct. Learning to meditate is a process of studying your natural pathways, and letting your muscle memory take you inside. This is the easy part.

There are two big challenges in learning to meditate:
1. Finding the technique that suits your individuality. There are thousands of different practices, something for everyone. There is no one technique suitable for everyone.
2. Learning to tolerate the intense sensations that arise in relaxation, because in meditation, you can relax and rest more deeply than in sleep. This happens very quickly, in minutes, because the body knows how to revitalize and heal itself.

If you want to explore meditation and find what works for you, we have great tools: there are wonderful books, audio programs. Guided meditations. Come on in and explore. We offer private sessions, online classes, and retreats.

I have been teaching meditation for more than 40 years and have a Ph.D. in meditation research from the University of California. I delight in helping people find what works for them, out of all the thousands of different approaches to meditation.

Lorin’s Other Sites: is all about the Meditation Teacher Training Certificate Course. is all about the book and online courses. has articles and essays based on The Radiance Sutras, and vocabulary.

Meditation 24-7 has 14 guided audio meditations for your listening pleasure. There are also sections on the 21 senses, the instincts, and the Journey of Meditation. has some notes about pulsation and the theme of the Return.

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