Dreaming of Reality

Sleeping Dreaming and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism with Dr Alan Wallace

20th – 27th August 2019

University of Wales, Lampeter Campus

SA48 7ED, Wales

To book your place click here and to book your accommodation click here

About the Retreat

Modern scientific research into lucid dreaming draws a sharp distinction between the waking state and dreaming, and it has developed practical methods for inducing lucidity, namely, recognizing that we are dreaming while we are dreaming. The ancient Buddhist contemplative tradition of dream yoga points out deep similarities between the waking and dreaming states, encouraging us to become lucid at all times, throughout life, the dying process, and the Bardo. To fully awaken to the nature of experience is to be a buddha, an “Awakened One.” This is the ultimate aim of dream yoga.
During this retreat, Alan Wallace will discuss the relation between lucid dreaming, dream yoga and the dying process, elucidating presentations of the dream-like nature of reality through all the schools of Buddhist philosophy, culminating in the Great Perfection. We will engage in the daytime and nighttime practices of dream yoga, interspersed with times for discussion and meditation


About Alan Wallace
Alan Wallace is an internationally recognised Buddhist teacher and scholar who has studied and practiced Buddhism for over 45 years. He spent 14 years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama and he has studied with many great teachers from the Geluk, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Theravada schools.
Alan is a world-renowned meditation teacher and guide, specialising in śamatha, vipaśyanā, dream yoga and Dzogchen teachings. He also brings deep insight into mindfulness as taught in secular movements and spiritual traditions other than Buddhism. Apart from his training in Buddhism, Lama Alan has a degree in physics and philosophy of science, and a doctorate in religious studies. Drawing on this multi-faceted background, he brings many years of dedicated and profound practice and the wisdom of authentic experience to the challenge of integrating traditional Buddhist training with the needs of the modern world.


Registration is a two stage process
1. Registration and retreat fee – the retreat fee of £250 covers the hire of the hall, costs of setting up, and other expenses. This also includes a fee for the teacher’s time and work. There will still be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to offer Alan dana in gratitude for the teachings.
Please click here to register and pay the retreat fee. The ‘Promo code’ box in the application form pertains to bursaries. See below for more information on bursaries.
2. Book your accommodation separately through the university.
There are 3 options:
  • £566.10 – Twin en-suite room, based on 2 people sharing full board
  • £354. – Single En-Suite room based on 1 person full board
  • £303 – Single Standard room based on 1 person full board

Camping is not offered this year.

Please book your accommodation through the university by clicking here. Accommodation costs include full board with all special dietary options. If you have complex dietary requirements please email Elizabeth at retreatsccn@gmail.com.The rooms are simply furnished, light, airy and pleasant.

Lampeter Campus welcomes people to stay additional nights before or after the retreat. Click here to book additional nights.

Bursary Fund

CCN offers bursaries to help cover the cost of the retreat. We believe that it is important that no-one is excluded because of low income. We offer a full bursary to members of the ordained sangha, and cover the cost of accommodation for ordained sangha members who do not have the means to attend otherwise.

Others on low income may be offered a bursary depending on their circumstances, but will likely have to cover the cost of accommodation themselves.

If you would like to support our vision of making these teaching as accessible as possible, please consider contributing to the bursary fund, details of which are in the registration form.

If you are awarded a bursary, we will send you a ‘promo code’ to enter on the registration form.

To inquire about the bursary fund and all other queries, please email Elizabeth at retreatsccn@gmail.com.

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