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A buddhist perspective on lucid dreaming

TARAB TULKU XI
Copenhagen University, Denmark

Editor’s Note: Tarab Tulku, L.R.G.S, Dr.Phil., is a Tibetan lama, the eleventh in-carnation of the Tarab Tulku. Tarab is an abbreviation of the much longer name of a monastery in Tibet. Tulku means "reborn." He has been educated in Tibet at the University of Drepung Monastery, where he received the highest degree, Lharampa Geshe, in Buddhist philosophy and metaphysics, as well as in meditation disciplines (including Tantra). At present Tarab Tulku is the head of the Tibetan section of the Royal Library and of the Tibetan department of Copenhagen University. On the basis of his own profound experience and accumulated knowledge, Tarab Tulku has modified the original Tibetan Buddhist techniques and developed therapeutic meth-ods adapted to Western approaches, still integrating the essence of the esoteric meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

Introduction to some Basic Essentials in regard to Implication and Application of the Tendrel

The ancient knowledge that underlies the Unity in Duality / Pratityasamutpada / Tendrel paradigm, which Tarab Tulku XI1 presented as an extract of the universal knowledge from the Sutras and Tantras, derives through Tibet’s academic culture from the Indian academic tradition of Nalanda. However, Indian academic tradition is said to have roots back 5.000 years into the ancient culture of the Indus Valley. This melting pot of ancient cultures seems to comprise also traces of insight and knowledge from Central Asia and maybe even from Western cultures of that time.

Unity in Duality Introduced through an exposition of Tendrel

Ancient knowledge and Western science
Already in the 1930ies and 1940ies a well-known Tibetan scholar, Gendün Chöpel, expresses the view that there are important links between science and the ancient knowledge or wisdom of Buddhism. After Gendün Chöpel travelled in India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he wrote a book about his encounters. In it he mentioned that there was a Buddhist Pandhita living in Sri Lanka, who gained incredible faith in Buddhism only after he had studied Western science. Apparently the Pandhita had said that “Buddhism and Western Science go hand in hand”, and that “if they run together, they will support each other”, and “that they can even make great leaps together”.

Inner Science

Questions to Tarab Tulku Rinpoche about the common basis of eastern wisdom tradition and western science, about their future collaboration, as well as about globalization and the consequences of an application of universal knowledge to personal development.

Question: What is your aim for the outcome of this conference?

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