Tibetan Dream Yoga
We spend a third of our
life sleeping. Every night we participate in profound mysteries,
moving from one dimension of experience to another, losing our
sense of self and finding it again, and yet we take it all for
granted. We wake up in the morning and continue in
"real" life, but in a sense we are still asleep and
dreaming. The teachings tell us that we can continue in this
deluded, dreamy state, day and night, or wake up to the truth.
Through practice, we can cultivate greater awareness during every
moment of life. If we do, freedom and flexibility continually
increase and we are less governed by habitual preoccupations and
distractions. Eventually we develop a continuity of awareness
that allows us to maintain full awareness during dream as well as
in waking life. When we fully develop this capacity, we will find
that we are living both waking and dreaming life with greater
ease, comfort, clarity, and appreciation.
This is a four-week workshop, which is divided into eight teaching
sessions plus an introduction to the workshop practices. The workshop is intended to be experiential rather than purely philosophical or conceptual in nature, with each teaching session providing guidance and exercises for your formal practice. Rather than presenting extended lectures, each teaching session consists of a series of short videos, each one focused on a specific aspect of the teachings. In general, the teaching session videos have a total duration of about an hour or less. A new teaching session will be introduced twice a week, on each Saturday and Tuesday of the workshop.
The videos in the workshop were recorded specifically for this program, and once a teaching session has been introduced, it remains available for you to review for the duration of the course. Although the videos are generally available only for the duration of the workshop, it is important to us that you have as much time as you need to complete your work with the teaching sessions. If you find that you would like to have additional time to access the videos and course materials, we'll be glad to extend your access. The workshop materials also include written instructions for each of the practices taught in the teaching sessions, which you can download or print to keep for your ongoing practice.
Because our participants will be attending from all over the world and many different time zones, the teaching sessions can be accessed according to your own schedule, when it is convenient for you. Most of the exercises in the workshop are performed as you are preparing for and during the night while you are sleeping, which make up the majority of the formal practice. However Rinpoche also recommends that you be mindful of your thoughts and actions throughout the day, putting the teachings into action through informal practice. Informal practice, as the name suggests, can be done anywhere and any time you have a moment to reflect on the situations that arise in life. Detailed instruction for both formal and informal practice will be provided in the workshop videos.
Rinpoche makes himself available throughout the four weeks of the workshop to answer questions about the teachings and your experiences with the practices through our private workshop forums and messaging system. While you will have the ability to ask Rinpoche questions privately, we encourage you to use the forums so that everyone may benefit from your experiences and from Rinpoche's responses and guidance. Through the forums, you will be able to communicate and share your experiences with the group who will be working with the teachings along with you. I should add that because Rinpoche has a very busy travel and teaching schedule and is in great demand, he asks that your questions be about the teachings presented in the workshop and in particular, your experiences with them. He also asks that your questions come from the heart, rather than being conceptual or merely inquisitive in nature.
Online Workshop Features:
- Four weeks of personal guidance
by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, as you work with the practices
- Instruction is
via Internet-based video
- No set class times; instructional
videos remain available throughout the course
- Practice in
the comfort of your home, on your own schedule
- Easy to
use and navigate course site
- All you need is
a broadband Internet connection (such as DSL or cable)