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should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

Postby alan... » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:37 am

i'm memorizing the satipatthana sutta and practicing it as well as learning jhana meditation. should i be learning lucid dreaming or is this a side track that will distract from my dhamma practice? i have some dhammic goals to practice in the dream world, but nonetheless, there is no such thing mentioned in the pali canon so i'm wondering if it's something i should be bothering with at all.

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

Postby Ben » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:42 am

alan,

If you are practicing satipatthana then I reckon you have your work cut out for you. Keep in mind that Dhamma practice should be something that we can sustain day-in day-out for years and decades. Its a long-term project.
In time, you will naturally begin to develop greater awareness during sleep. That will happen as a natural bi-product of sustained effort on and off the cushion.
You may get to a point where you will be able to meditate while your body is resting in sleep mode.
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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:56 pm

Try to remember your dreams when you awake in the morning. We tend to have similar dream patterns, so that you might be more aware the next time you dream.

Do you dream in color? I find that asking this question while you dream helps a lot. If you start noticing that you are aware of the colors in your dreams, you become more aware while dreaming.

(By the way, nice avatar. Is that Siddhatha displaying his archery skills?)
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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

Postby Ben » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:06 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

Postby Digity » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:56 am

I have lucid dreams. When I first got them they would be of an evil nature...I felt like a demon was in my presence. However, they've changed and now they're much more neutral. For instance, just a few days ago I had a lucid dream where I saw patterns. All my lucid dreams now seem to be just seeing patterns...not sure why. Anyway, last time it happened I actually became mindful of it and was able to briefly change the image of the pattern into an image of the Buddha meditating. I tend to get freaked out when I start having lucid dreams and try to quickly wake myself up...I just find them weird and they kind of creep me out. However, I'm trying to control them more. It might be useful for when we pass away and if we're presented with images, etc...like we're in bardo....and can be mindful maybe it'll ultimately help us proceed forward correctly in the afterlife.

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:56 am

you know it also means resting?
it isn't necessarily meaning sleeping.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: should i be practicing lucid dreaming?

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