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Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche – A Rich Exploration of the Nocturnal Meditations

Join the esteemed master of dream yoga, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, in a rich exploration of the nocturnal meditations. The conversation begins with why Rinpoche has elected to teach so extensively on this topic, which is rarely emphasized by Tibetan lamas. Why should busy Westerner’s bother with dream yoga, what does it have to offer us, and what does it mean to accomplish this practice? Rinpoche talks about how his teaching of dream yoga has changed over the years, before elaborating on all the new content in the 2nd edition of his classic book, The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. The discussion turns to how dream yoga develops flexibility in identity, and why this is so important, before transitioning into the difference between adapting a teaching vs. editing it to suit egoic needs.

If teachings aren’t culturally translated and adapted, they go extinct. But if you adapt them too much, the teachings are diluted. How does one establish dream guardians, and create a protection circle for dreaming? Do we need to believe in spirits, and what are the consequences if we don’t? How can you tell if a dream figure is just a projection of your mind, or a real entity? Rinpoche then discusses the role of the subtle body, and the importance of the central channel, before turning to how the subtle body shapes our dreams. How can we work with the subtle body during the day to facilitate lucidity at night? What’s the best thing to do just before falling asleep? Can we use the subtle body to incubate dreams?

Dream yoga, and the subtle body, “break all the rules,” and help us live outside the box of the gross body, and our exclusive identification with it. Rinpoche exhorts us not to limit ourselves to the outer body, which grows old, gets sick, and then dies. Transition your identity to a deeper aspect of your being that does not age, get ill, or die. See for yourself why Rinpoche is the premier voice in the world of dream yoga today.

About Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

(from Founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a respected and beloved teacher and meditation master in the Bön Buddhist tradition of Tibet. He has students in more than 25 countries, teaches around the world and reaches thousands of students through his online programs.

Trained as a Bön monk, Rinpoche now lives as a householder, allowing him to more fully relate to the needs and concerns of his students. Known for the depth of his wisdom and his unshakeable commitment to helping students recognize their true nature, he is the author of many books and online courses.

Inside the Podcast

  • Rinpoche is here!
  • Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
  • When we work with the nocturnal mind, we’re working with the roots of our experience.
  • The importance of sleep hygiene.
  • Non-dual teachers and non-consciousness.
  • The idea of “no one” as a concept.
  • How do you distinguish between proper adaptation vs inappropriate editing?
  • How can you tell when you’re having a dream figure in your dream? How can you determine if it’s from your own
  • Rinpoche is a wonderful way to soften divisiveness and sectarianism in the West.
  • The centrality of the central channel in dream yoga and how it works.
  • If you don’t have a subtle body, you’re stuck in this physical world.
  • What does the central channel mean to ordinary people?
  • How to process your dreams every night.
  • Is it feasible to incubate or seed specific dreams?
  • Rinpoche talks about how the dharma creates a much larger Mandala holding environment.

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