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monktastic wrote:I haven't had a pointing out instruction, but I think there's some possibility that I've recognized rigpa in my life. I know I would need to meet a guru to be sure, but I'm wondering: for those of you who commonly have lucid dreams, and have recognized rigpa, is it easier or harder for you to recognize rigpa within them?
For about twenty years starting around age 4, I had quite frequent lucid dreams, within which I would marvel at the sheer vivid, clear, blissful cognizance of the experience. I remember even then noting that the experience was unlike anything I commonly experienced during waking life. That's when I first developed a passion for understanding what this "mind" or "awareness" thing is, and it led me many years later to Mahamudra.
Anyway, now I'm on retreat, and have three months during which I don't have to worry about when I wake up. I intend to re-learn the skill of lucid dreaming which I've partially lost. I've read the three major books on Dream Yoga (by ChNNR, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Alan Wallace), but I don't recall anyone addressing the question of recognizing rigpa from within the dream. There's a tiny snippet in "Carefree Dignity" by Tsokyni Rinpoche, but not much.
monktastic wrote:Thank you kindly for the replies.
Alpha, I am aware that my "retreat" is somewhat unconventional, to put things lightly. I didn't mean to say I'm doing a formal Mahamudra retreat. It's more that I've taken off time to deeply investigate something I've been putting off for far too long.
Pema Rigdzin, thank you for that suggestion. I am actually in the USA. Another retreatant here has advised me similarly, and strongly recommends I visit her in Scotland next summer to talk with Lama Yeshe at Samye Ling (as well as Tsoknyi Rinpoche, when he's around, and perhaps others). She's even tried to help me get in contact with other Rinpoches, so far with little success. I hope I can "follow my nose" until that time. My lama here seems to agree that resting in (my nearest facsimile of!) the natural state is probably a fine thing to do for now.
I wasn't aware that Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche was so accessible (particularly online). And money is not a concern for me right now. If you think approaching him online is a reasonable thing to attempt, then I agree that that would be fantastic. And if offering compensation would be sensible (and not gauche), well, his time is worth more than any wealth I could offer anyway... (Please feel free to respond over PM if you have time and that is appropriate).
During the dream state, first become aware that you are in the dream state. If you are then able to recognize the nature of mind and sustain it for as long as it takes to flap a long Tibetan sleeve seven times, you will also be able to be liberated in the bardo state. The most important point here is to train while we are still alive and are awake, then check your progress in the dream state.
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