Friday Night Dreamers

December 6th

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    Lucid Dreams on Friday Night,

    Please join us on Friday, October 11 at 7PM. We will have a brief meditation introducing hypnagogia, listen to about 15 minutes of an audio teaching on the Buddhist practice of sleep and dream, then discuss our own dream practices.  This program is open to all levels of students.

    We will be meeting once a month on a Friday – usually the first Friday of the month.

    Recommended preparation: If you would like to prepare for this practice before our next meeting you can do the following:

    1) When you wake up in the morning don’t move, and remember back into your last dream.

    2) Read and consider one or two of the following paragraphs:

    In the words of B. Alan Wallace, “In a lucid dream you are aware, in real time, of the nature of the reality you are experiencing. ..You know that all the phenomena of your dream are the creations of your own mind.… Ordinarily our dreams are characterized by a lack of stability.  Our attention is pulled hither and yon by the contents of our dreams and our habitual reactions to these events. Shamatha (meditation) is a practice that stabilizes our attention. By gradually learning to focus our attention, … we develop command over the dream environment.”

    “Dream Consciousness

    In the words of Stephen LaBerge, “Dreaming can be viewed as the special case of perception without the constraints of external sensory input. Conversely, perception can be viewed as the special case of dreaming constrained by sensory input.’ According to that statement both states of consciousness—perception when dreaming and when awake—are very similar, with overlapping networks of correlated brain mechanisms. And both states can potentially be just as clear, just as ‘awake.’  Another thing that makes waking consciousness similar to the dream state is the almost universally accepted notion that the qualities of the objects we perceive are ‘out there,’ in the object themselves. The red of someone’s red sweater or the yellow of a passing taxi is assumed to be an innate quality of the sweater or taxi.  That assumption generally prevails both in waking consciousness and in nonlucid dreaming. But if we believe this, we are indeed dreaming.”

    “Dream and Reality

    In the words of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, “All of us dream whether we remember dreaming or not. … Many Westerners who approach the (dream) teachings do so with ideas about dream based in psychological theory; subsequently when they become more interested in using dream in their spiritual life, they usually focus on the content and meaning of dreams.  Rarely is the nature of dreaming itself investigated.  When it is, the investigation leads to the mysterious processes that underlie the whole of our existence, not only our dreaming life.”  (Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche)

    Participation in this monthly program is free. Donations are accepted with gratitude.