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Tibetan Dream Yoga: A Complete System for Becoming Conscious in Your Dreams Audio CD – October 1, 2000
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In the secret teachings of ancient Tibet, the dream state is known as "Fourth Time", a malleable realm where the past, present, and future meet. It was here that the first meditation masters of Tibet developed a way to speed their progress through the stages of enlightenment -- while they were asleep. On Tibetan Dream Yoga, respected meditation teacher Lama Surya Das teaches you these exercises to awaken fully within the fabric of your dreams -- plus specific yogic dreaming techniques to enhance creativity, overcome deep-rooted fears, and free yourself from harmful habits in your waking life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Lama Surya Das, born Jeffrey Miller in New York in 1950, graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1971. Surya Das traveled through India, Nepal and Japan, and later established a monastery in Woodstock, New York. He teaches meditation retreats and workshops, and is the founder of the Dzogchen Foundation. Das has published, edited and translated many Buddhist books and scriptures. He has also written poetry, essays and articles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lama Surya Das is an inspired teacher both in terms of content (spiritual insight) as well as his teaching method. One can sense his happy open approach to life and teaching in his excellent books. Here one can hear him speak and capture the full extent of that approach and his personality.
The material in these two cassettes is well worth the listen.
The message of consciousness or awakening is the central message of Buddhism and applies not only to dream states but to what we call our "awake" states.
Like the rest of his works, thought provoking message delivered with love and humor.
The content itself seems to be rather amateurishly produced, with long pauses and a rather poor organization of topics. The overall sense I got from listening to this is that Lama Surya Das just likes listening to himself talk. If you're interested in lucid dreaming, you'll make more progress with a different primer. This was a waste of my money and time.
About three quarters of this not-a-book on tape is Dass' personal reflections on dreams and their importance to the spiritual journey. I felt as if he were addressing an unwilling participant who needed convincing. As I was already willing to give it a good try, I found myself wishing he would for crying out loud, please get to the point!
Which he does.
On side 2 of the second tape.
I now see why this was never released as an actual book: the substance of Surya Dass' "Tibetan Dream Yoga" could fit on one side of one piece of paper. My advice: save your money. There are better ways to learn about dream yoga than this.
However, LSD draws interesting parallels with other dream systems (e.g. Taoist Chuang Tsu's question after his butterfly dream--Am I a man dreaming of a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming of a man? & the Hasidic dream of a man searching elsewhere for a treasure buried in his home). I find such stories valuable, entertaining, & sometimes enlightening. Of course, this short work cannot go into the depth of Westerner Stephen LaBerge's Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life or contemporary Bon Dzogchen Master Tenzin Wangyal's fine The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep.
LSD provides the lucid dreaming "reality-testing" method--regularly asking yourself if you are dreaming or awake. I did this decades ago; it works: the habit of asking carries over into your dream--you ask & answer the question in your dream! Then, you know you are dreaming within the dream. I haven't tried a dark retreat, but one could certainly do one. The main thrust, I believe, of these practices is to blend life into one--to see everything similarly: dreaming, awake, daydreaming, death--all the Bardos experienced as "one taste." This prepares one for the "clear light" experience (The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition). LSD also provides rituals & a guided meditation. I don't do them; I believe their value depends upon student needs. Obviously LSD cannot tailor-make the tape for each individual listener.
He does provide some interesting Dzogchen turns of phrase: "timeless time," "the dream-like nature of reality," "the daydream we all live in;" words of instruction: "look behind your eyelids as if sky-gazing," "open our 3rd ear," self-shifting," keeping your "feet on earth & head in clouds" at the same time; & one of my favorite William Blake quotes--"He who binds to himself a joy, doth the winged life destroy. Yet he who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise." This is very Dzogchen. For deeper insight read the works of the great Dzogchen Master Longchenpa The Practice of Dzogchen &Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Part One: Mind.