Host Michael Taft speaks with Dream Yoga expert Andrew Holecek about how the dream state (and dreamless sleep) can effect meditation practice. Topics include: the fantasy-filling model of lucid dreaming vs. spiritual awakening; dream yoga, sleep yoga, and Bardo yoga; the love of napping, meditation in a dream or in dreamless sleep; reification as the “original sin of Buddhism”; lucid dreaming for meditators; and much more.
Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of many books, including Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep. Andrew is masterful at joining the wisdom traditions of Asia with the knowledge of the West. He holds degrees in classical music, biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery.
Fascinating. My first, oh, 10 years of meditation led to more and more hypnagogia. I could close my eyes walking down the street and I’d be hypnagogic. I shut most of it down, thinking it was incorrect practice. Hilarious, after a fashion. Very glad to have heard this interview and will be buying Andrew’s books.