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Lucid Dreams in Tibetan Buddhism

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Lucid dreaming is discussed in centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist texts. A simple definition that comes out of our present scientific studies is that lucid dreaming is “awareness of dreaming while in the dream state” (Gackenbach, 1980, p. 253). Traditional Tibetan religion and modern psychology are very diverse contexts for discussions of lucid dreaming. To show that the Tibetans are discussing the same subject that our contemporary dream researchers describe, I quote (in translation) a sample statement from a Tibetan text.

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  • Breathing Exercise
  • Yogic Practice
  • Dream State
  • Dream Experience
  • Yogic Posture

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Gillespie, G. (1988). Lucid Dreams in Tibetan Buddhism. In: Gackenbach, J., LaBerge, S. (eds) Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-0423-5_3

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