I seem to have a knack for having weird dreams as of late. The ones I am sharing have been a little frightening, weird, or warm and happy. And I've had two occurrences where I've got a sequence of three. This thread is just me recounting some major ones that really stood out to me. I wasn't going to post them, but after the last I wanted to get them off my chest. Also I wanted to have them stored somewhere, because presently my new laptop doesn't have word or office (or maybe it does?! SCREW you Windows 8!) And today I had the urge to do so for some reason. I know they're just experiences, but they have been ingrained into my mind and I am looking for some commentary I guess.
I'm not trying to be like, "Look at me and my dreams". Ok I guess there is a small part of "me" that wants that, but admitting that helps fight it I guess.
Here we go
First set of three (late last year) was after I did 2000 repetitions of Green Tara's 10 syllable mantra and I had the thought of putting my mala in my hat and sleeping with it on (I have this old hat with a hole that lets me hide stuff in it
). That night I had three dreams, that were back to back. The first was of my primary school, where this old teacher showed me how one of my old friends (at that time "enemy", but now an acquaintance) was really suffering and why. This put some things into perspective for me (I don't really feel like explaining further). Then right after, the second began where I met this Chinese guy in a hilly/grassy landscape (very rich colours). I walked over, as I stopped in front of him, he immediately said, "You're a racist". I have been guilty of telling racist jokes in the past, but I never thought I was racist. Immediately I knew I could not lie to him, so I responded, "I know". Then I saw his warm smile, and we hugged as if I had known him before. After that he said something along the lines of, "If you wish to have ________ as your spirit animal, you must live/practice like the __________ for 10 years". "__________" was when he pointed at the sky and I saw a bird which looked like a loon/goose flying. That concluded the dream, and I found myself inside a living room, with my peripheral vision clouded by white. I then met this women who I greeted, made her laugh, and then we hugged. This turned out to be someone I befriended over an internet forum, and to her surprise I described her living room quite accurately.
The second set (back to back) happened early this year. Well this set of dreams began with watching this man which kind of looked like me, but older with a moustache in a dark hallway/room with the Dalai Lama next to him. The man's body was jerking/contorting like in the exorcist, while it looked like the Dalai Lama was trying to keep him still, calm him down, or even causing it(?). After that the setting (dream?) switched to the man sleeping in a hospital bed, with the Dalai Lama looking at him at the bed side. Then after that, I found myself climbing up this dark tree (not dead, perhaps in was during dusk?). After I made it to the top of the trunk where most of the branches divided off I stopped to rest. And then next thing I know I see a pretty girl (late teens) climb up and sit in front of me with a slight smirk on her face as she just stared at me.
Lately I have been working full time (landscaping) and I find I don't have the time or energy to get a solid practice session in. Before I got my job I was doing a lot of mantra reciting of Tara's, Guru Rinpoche's, and Avalokiteśvara's mantra. One night I noticed this and I was feeling a bit uncomfortable continuing these recitations because I had not received any initiations for them. That night I had an odd dream where I was in this outdoor basketball court with some people in the background, and the Dalai Lama came up to me and asked me to play some basketball (1 vs 1). But I refused and told him no because he was too old. Then I found myself in an indoor court and the Dalai Lama asked me again, and I said no. He kept on insisting he was good to play, and showed me a lay up. But I refused and said, "No I don't want to hurt you or make you bleed." He continued to insist until the dream ended.
This dream happened a few weeks ago. I found myself in an unknown setting, there was grass and trees on this uneven ground (very rich colours), along with levels of cliffs on the sides (like a book shelf almost). I found my self interviewing the Dalai Lama with some people in the background but I didn't see them (only aware of their presence). I remember asking him some mundane questions (those sort of typical interview questions, nothing ground breaking, and I don't remember them or his answers). But then it switched, and he started interviewing me! I only remember my answers though (just 2, he asked more but these were the last ones). "Compassion, patience and understanding" (I think he asked me what have I gotten out of Buddhism so far). And then I handed him a slip of paper with, "Riwoche" on it (I think he asked me if I had decided on a Dharma Centre). This gave him a smile, but it wasn't one of those strong Dalai Lama smiles (Ya'll know the one
). It was like he was happy but not totally happy. This one happened shortly after the thread I made called, "questionable Dharma centre".
Finally I had this dream last week, where I was aware this old man was giving a really important/long Dharma teaching and there was a lot of people excited for this. It was some old man in monk robes walking and going into some large building (like an auditorium) with people holding signs, cheering, and offering various of gifts (it was like the red carpet at the Oscars). I saw this in a weird tunnel like vision with my peripherals cloudy. Next thing I know I am in my bed room, though it seemed larger and my desk in the corner had it's long side on a different wall. On it were all my spiritual books (both Buddhist and Hindu, and it seemed like more than I actually own) and along with various statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities (they were separated, and I don't even own any). Next thing I know the old man walks in with a big grin on his face. He kind of looked like the Dalai Lama, but he was a bit different looking. He looked older, had a slightly lighter complexion, and a thin white moustache that was very long on both the right and left (like 6 inches). We talked for a bit (I forget what was said) while walking around the room, and then we stopped at the desk. He seemed to examine it going through everything, and then he came to the Hindu statues. He asked me about them, and I seemed embarrassed/startled about them, I shrugged and said, "I know nothing about them" (reminded me of "Who took the cookies from the cookie jar" "Not me!" sort of thing). He kind of laughed and grabbed the middle one (I think it was blue with messy/long black hair) and gave it a kiss on the crown of the head and set it down. He then walked away to the end of the table, pointed to a book and asked something like, "What's that?". I Grabbed it and it was my copy of "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond", which excited me because I thought he was going to help me with my crappy concentration. I gave it to him, and he said that he probably won't have enough time to teach me the whole thing because it takes around four days. He opened the book up and read the title to me, "The Bardo Thodol". He proceeded to read it in a rhythmic fashion in some language I didn't understand. When I looked at the pages each page only had a single line of text with some indistinguishable picture on the top that I couldn't seem to make out. After about four pages the dream ended.