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TIBETAN DREAM YOGA   

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  Deepening Your Practice

To progress still further in Tibetan dream yoga,

• Pay careful attention to your dreams

• Record your dreams in a dream journal upon waking each morning

• Recognize recurrent images, themes, associations, and patterns

• Contemplate the archetypal, symbolic content and meanings of your dreams

• Reflect on the similarities and differences between night dreams, daydreams, fantasies, visions, ideas, projections, and so on

• Wake yourself up during the night to reaffirm your resolve to awaken within the dream and grasp the fact that you are dreaming

• Sit up in meditation posture while sleeping to maintain continuous awareness while inducing and incubating lucid dreaming

• Have a dream assistant at hand to guide you while asleep, helping you learn to retain conscious presence during dreams

• Meditate alone in darkness to develop the inner clarity of the Clear Light Mind - the mind unaffected by illusion

• During the day, maintain awareness that everything you experience is like a dream

• Chant the dream yoga prayer by day and by night to help reinforce your intention to awaken  within the dream. (if you want, or change the wordings)

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THE LIFELONG PRACTICE OF TIBETAN DREAM YOGA

Like any spiritual practice, Tibetan dream yoga will reveal more substantial benefits the longer and more consistently you practice it. In the Buddhist tradition, however, discipline alone is not enough to bring your practice fully alive. Motivation — the reason you practice in the first place - is considered as crucial as technique and commitment.

You will have noticed that the Tibetan dream yoga chant includes an aspiration to help free all beings of their suffering. This intention lies at the root of all Buddhist practice. The underlying teaching is that all living beings are interconnected: none of us can be completely free so long as any of us is still asleep.

As you practice Tibetan dream yoga, recognize that the suffering you seek to alleviate through spiritual practice is, in fact, universal. Recognize, too, that the more awake you are, the more helpful you can be to those you care about  in fact, to, to everyone you come into contact with. Practice with the intention of working with your own individual part of the whole, in order to bring all of human awareness to a new level. In this way, you will derive the greatest possible benefits from your dream yoga practice.

 

Some sayings about dreams:

“Dreams are a reservoir of knowledge and experience, yet they are often overlooked as a vehicle for exploring reality”- Tarthang Tulku Yoga Practice

“All that we see is but a dream within a dream”- Edgar Allen  Poe 

"A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read"- The Talmud

“Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?” – Henry Havelock Ellis
 

“You beings on earth who are deep in slumber… Stop sleeping! Wake up! What are you waiting for?”- The Zohar

“There are some who are awake even while asleep, and then there are those who, apparently awake, are deeply asleep” – Lalla

“Do not sleep like an animal that mixes sleep and reality” - Tibetan instruction for dream yoga practice

“Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been so also of necessity will be our dreams” – Saint Basil   

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Note: The extracts contained here are for personal use only, and may not be reproduced for commercial distribution.)

(These are excerpts from three different Dzogchen Dream Yoga books
Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural light by Namkhai Norbu  - The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rimpoche - Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying by the Dalai Lama )

You can also read on this website:

* Importance of Dreams in the Mystical Process
* Guidelines to Dream Interpretation

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