Dream Studies

The study of dreams in Tibetan culture is very ancient. Dreams can be analysed in different ways: for religious purposes, for divination, or for medical purposes.  Tibetan doctors have a well-developed understanding of the relationship between dreams and health; thus dreams are analysed from both a religious as well as a medical perspective. Both the Tantric spiritual tradition and Traditional Tibetan Medicine describe three basic components - Consciousness, the subtle rLung energies, and the chakras and channels – as being necessary for the manifestation of dreams.


Traditionally, Dream studies include practices to purify and strengthen the chakras and channels, practices for lucid dreaming, as well as dream analysis.


Dream Studies Level 1

Level one presents a fascinating and intensive immersion in Tibetan Dream studies. Practical and theoretical components are well-balanced to give a comprehensive coverage of this vast subject.


Topics include:

  • Consciousness as defined by Tibetan culture: the different divisions of consciousness and their functions
  • Lung energy – the subtle vitalizing energy: The divisions of rLung energies and their functions; The Five Elements, their energies and functions in the body
  • Chakras and channels in the body – their functions and relationship to dreams
  • The relationship between Consciousness, rLung energies, Chakras and channels
  • The manner in which Dreams manifest and how we experience dreams through the five sense organs
  • The relationship between Dreams and Traditional Tibetan Medicine; Classification of Dreams according to Tibetan Medical theory
  • The relationship between Time and Dreams
  • The theory and analysis of dreams in Healthy people: Experience of the Dream; The meaning of Symbols in our dreams
  • The theory and analysis of dreams in sick people: The diagnosis of illness using dreams; dreams for indications of prognosis and cure


  • An introduction to Dream Work: How dreams can be utilized for curing blockages of energy and mind
  • Dreams and Spiritual practice. Understanding the difference between ordinary, symbolic and prophetic dreams
  • An introduction to Dream Yoga – the most profound study and practice of Dreams in the Tibetan tradition


Dream Studies Level 2 – Psychology and Dream Work 

This 7-day course expands upon the knowledge and techniques developed in Dream Studies Level 1, allowing students to deepen their practical skills. The focus will be two-fold: Psychology in Traditional Tibetan Medicine, and Dream Work.


 Psychology in Traditional Tibetan Medicine

  • incorporates the study of Mind and Emotions. Topics Include:
  • Psychological and Emotional problems in TTM: Causes and Symptoms,
  • disturbances of rLung, the subtle vitalizing energy; provocations.  
  • Means of understanding and treating the occurrence of nightmares
  • Treatment of psychological and emotional disorders according to TTM:
  • Treatment of points through External therapies – Acupressure, Moxibustion, HorMe
  • Typical herbal remedies from the Traditional Tibetan Medicine pharmacopoeia


Dream Work

Dream Work focuses on the actual practice of Dreaming - utilising dreams to cure blockages of energy and mind. Students will be taught how to make use of a mantra in order to focus their energies whilst in the dream-state, to enable lucid dreaming and to facilitate prophetic dreams. Dream Work also addresses the origin of nightmares and how to treat their occurrence.

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