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August 20, 2007

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I do completely concur with the authors POV on dreams and the irrelevancy of their interpretation. It is as stated, more important being able to turn a dream to the better as it prooves spirits
awakned ability to to use its inate pure awareness power (bodhi)for bodhisattvic purposes and not the lower ones linked to the body consciousness and its five skandhas.

One thing about the author is that i do hope he will soon start publishing more intricate posts on chan buddhism as originally intended by Gauthama and the great chan masters and not this ABC buddhism for modern neurotic americans caught in an existenstialistic limbo.


TSN

I personally often experience lucid dreaming myself. It is not a big deal because many times I exit the body and flew to the clouds and entered the dream world but ultimately, I can't find the dream master!.....why?, because I was busy making dreams and completely forgot about it. Just like people immerse themselves in the phenomenon world and forgot about their Original Face. It is simple logic, really.

I think most people, especially Westerners and American, are in conflicts all the time (because they tend to cling to materialism). Whether they sleep or not, these conflicts often will go into the sleep state with them. That explains why people often have nightmares. And I think, like the author, the only way to stop these nightmares is to resolve them by practicing Buddha-dharma.

I don't think the author over emphasized the "symbolic" nature of the dream like you (Mr. greenfrog) have indicated. In one passage, he said he opened an empty wallet, and instead of being broke.....he saw money came out of it. That is more than a symbolic signal, it is a good omen.

He places emphasize on the outcome of the dream, you see.

Just like people who is going to better rebirth is more calm and peaceful and happy in their death beds but evil men are known to often describe seeing demons around them, ready to take them away. To hell, I think.

What interpretation does one need?

Bodhiratna

Since consciousness cannot distinguish the dream world from the non-dream world, the dream can be an important test of our deep commitment to saving sentient beings.

I think your premise is ill-founded. My experience is that the more I practice meditation and yoga, the more often I experience lucid dreaming -- dreaming in which my consciousness remains aware of the dream as a dream. In addition to full awareness, there are a variety of intermediate states of consciousness while dreaming, as well.

Also, I wonder at how you apply the term "symbolic." Your mind saw a set of images (including your wallet), you interpreted those images based on your experience, and drew conclusions about the meaning the dream (particularly how it ended) has in your life. That seems a pretty symbol-based exercise to me.

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