Sila in dreams

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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Garrib
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Sila in dreams

Post by Garrib » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:26 am

Have you ever had a dream in which you broke a precept (or two), realized that you had done so, and felt guilty/ashamed? Then upon waking, you experience a great relief realizing that you didn't break any precepts after all (at least not in waking life), and how fortunate you are to be protected by sila?

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by dharmacorps » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:47 pm

Yes!! Those are sort of my version of nightmares. Most often for me it is drinking or killing an animal or person. I remember having a dream where I for some reason killed a couple animals, really screwed me up for a day, but I kept reminding myself I had not done this and I have committed not to kill any being. I suppose we could call that moral dread/moral shame? :)

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by JohnK » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:44 pm

I can't immediately recall breaking a precept in a dream.
Fortunately it is not against the precepts to be lost in a big city with no clothes on!
"Why is it, Master Kaccana, that ascetics fight with ascetics?"
"It is, brahmin, because of attachment to views, adherence to views, fixation on views, addiction to views, obsession with views, holding firmly to views that ascetics fight with ascetics" (AN 2: iv, 6, abridged).
Kindly eyes, not verbal daggers.

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by Garrib » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:43 pm

Lol JohnK...Yes these are my versions of nightmares too nowadays. At the end I feel really guilty...not fun but probably a good thing, the conscience expressing itself at a subconscious level

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by phil » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:20 am

When I saw the thread name I assumed it was about wholesome/virtuous decisions/impulses in dreams, which are very encouraging and can really make your day. I'm not interested in the akusala appearing in dreams, the mind is burning with them, hardly surprising. Take note of the sila, and be encouraged.
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by DooDoot » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:55 am

Dreams can certainly be a sign to the quality of the penetration of the dhamma in the unconscious mind, in relation to both morality & wisdom. I have had dreams where morality & wisdom have engaged in the dreams, including if dying in the dream, where the mind actually brings forth sampajjana in the dream & lets go. Its cool.

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by Aloka » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:23 am

.
I came across this article:

"Dreams and Their Significance"

byVenerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera.

https://www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/321.htm

I usually sleep peacefully and rarely ever have dreams myself.

:anjali:

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Re: Sila in dreams

Post by DooDoot » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:26 am

Aloka wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:23 am
I usually sleep peacefully and rarely ever have dreams myself.
This seems to show being a dhamma librarian is right livelihood (or otherwise being an arahant).

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