The Dharma of Dreams: Cultivating Dream Awareness in the Buddhist TraditionOn Sat, 4 February, 2023 - 15:18
About the course
Join Arthabandhu and other dreamers for a three-week course exploring the many realms of dream and sleep, and their significance in the Dharma life.
‘Dreams of Clarity’ is a term from Buddhist Dream Yoga referring to dreams that put us in touch with archetypal dimensions. They are rich, colorful, and often prove to be of deep spiritual significance – sometimes being received by the dreamer as teachings or imparting wisdom.
In order to access our dreams in this way it is necessary first to become more receptive to dream experience. This initially involves the ability to recollect our dreams, then learning how to deepen this faculty so that we become deeply sensitive to them and able to bring Dharmic qualities such as metta (deep kindness), shraddha (faith based on experience), and mindfulness into our dream life.
What to expect
At each stage of the course we will cultivate a deepening awareness and appreciation of our dreams. There will be a new theme each week along with simple practices that we can apply, the fruits of which, if we wish, we will be able to share with our dream group during the next session.
Three Saturdays: March 18, 25, April 1
Please note: clocks change in some parts of the world during the course of this series. Weekly time changes for different regions are shown below in bold.
March 18, 25 (2 hrs): USA PST 12:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 15:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 00:30 | Australia AEST 06.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 08.00 (next day)
April 1 (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 12:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 00:30 | Australia AEST 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 06.00 (next day)
Arthabandhu has long had a special interest in dreams and has explored them in relation to Buddhist practice ever since hearing his Buddhist teacher Sangharakshita say: “If you want to really know yourself, pay attention to your dreams.”
Arthabandhu has explored Lucid Dreaming and Buddhist Dream Yoga, as well as studying other approaches to dreams including their application in Gestalt Psychotherapy. He has kept detailed dream diaries, including illustrations, which he has now made into a zine (link below) using these images and extracts from his diaries.