Book: Lucid Dreaming And Meditation by Alan WallaceSince the era of Greek antiquity, philosophers have known of the possibility of lucid dreaming—that is, recognizing that you are dreaming while you are in the dream state—and theologians since the time of St Augustine have been aware of such dreams as well.
But it was only in the 1980s that lucid dreaming entered the domain of legitimate scientific inquiry, largely as a result of studies conducted by Stephen LaBerge and other psychologists at Stanford University. Such research has revealed much about the nature of lucid dreams and has provided many practical techniques for learning how to induce such dreams and increase their frequency, duration, and clarity.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of dream yoga is pursued within the larger context of seeking to understand the mind and the true, inner causes of both suffering and genuine happiness. The overall structure of Buddhist theory and practice is the Four Noble Truths: recognizing the reality of suffering, (2) eliminating the fundamental, internal causes of suffering, which are identified as craving, hostility, and delusion, realizing the possibility of the cessation of suffering and its source, and following the path of spiritual purification and transformation that results in such freedom.
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