Posted by: Upāsaka | 01/03/2016

Dream Practice

I have taken up dream practice again as a way to try to work with and understand states of consciousness that I assume will be similar to those one passes through during the death process. In addition, if I were to have an extra six hours a day to devote to Dhamma practice I feel I could make considerable gains.

At present I am at the very beginning and simply working with dream recall. When I have two weeks of recall and dream journaling under my belt I will begin to look at the actual techniques for inducing lucid dreaming. You can find my Lucid Dream Journal here if you’re interested.

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  1. Improving your dream recall through using a dream journal is a good idea, I recommend recording something every day even if you can only remember one thing from your dreams and even if you can not remember anything, good luck Upāsaka .

    -John Jr

    • Thanks for the encouragement! Be well!

      • You are welcome Upāsaka, and thank you. 🙂

        -John Jr

  2. I was diligent about recording my dreams when I was a bachelorette living on my own…I had pages and pages of very vivid and detailed descriptions of my dreams. Nowadays I can remember, but I rarely have time to record. I have been wanting to restart my dream practice–and it’s nice to know that there is a friend out there who is doing the same. Good luck!

    • Hello Lorien,

      I recommend voice recording your dreams using a mobile phone or MP3 player or voice recorder or tablet et cetera, that makes it quick and easy, and you can even do it from bed if you keep your recording device near your bed. 😉

      I voice record my dreams sometimes until I can listen to them and type them later.

      -John Jr

  3. When it’s time to look at lucid dreaming, consider the book Dream Yourself Awake by B Alan Wallace. He is speaking from a Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist tradition but outlines both Tibetan dream yoga as well as modern lucid dreaming techniques from a perspective that (I found) connected easily with my background of Theravadin samatha practice. His tradition really values samatha (he calls it shamatha or shinè, of course) and he makes it clear how a good samatha can be instrumental in effective dream practice. The book also raises a lot of really interesting philosophical issues about dream, reality, the mind, and modern science.

    • Thanks for your comment. I actually have the book and think it’s great. I’ll have to take an even closer look now based upon your recommendation.


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