New book: TheTibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep: Practices for Awakening

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is coming out with a new TYoDaS book! This one is subtitled: Practices for Awakening. It is due out soon, August 30, 2022. @Andrew, you are quoted in the review section for this book on Amazon. Is this a re-do of the classic TYoDaS book, or does it contain new material? From the subtitle, can we expect more detailed instruction on the night and day practices compared to the original?

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This would be a good question to ask in the weekly(ish) Q&A with @Andrew. I am curious about the answer!

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Arthur had a great suggestion! I can save this question for the next Q&A if you’d like me to @Dream_Hacker

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Yes, please do! @AlyssaModerator !

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I’ve got an answer for you!
Fair amount of new material, updated teachings, but also much from the original. So bit of both.

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I now have the book and am mostly read through chapter 15 (“Lucidity”). It is a significant edit / rewrite of the Dream Yoga Practice section, and I think the 2 introductory parts. The sleep yoga section other than fixing typos has not been touched, according to the editor’s forward.

The clarifications in the Dream Yoga Practice section are worth the price of the book. The explanations are clearer, and Tenzin has relaxed a lot of the night-time practices to make them more approachable and easier to implement (while remaining no less effective, he says). He has incorporated his experiences of 30 years teaching dream yoga to a large number of students, many of the questions people had (including “how can you imagine that you’re dreaming when you’re awake?”) are answered.

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It has a new cover.

Just ordered it, thank you for the reminder. Pretty cool that the Dalai Lama did the forward.

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I agree it’s a timely update. My first experience with the book was via the audiobook, narrated by a female voice, giving it a different flavor than Rinpoche’s own voice—which I prefer. I thought it was curious that someone on one of the websites criticized his spoken English, not being able to reconcile it with the written word. :frowning_face:

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Hmm, seems like only the dead tree edition is available for the new edition (ugh), if you click on the kindle or audile links it shows the 1998 editions. I’m one of those weird people who vastly prefers e-books and audio editions, so hopefully it’ll become available in those formats before too long
~ArthurG

Someone has to support the tree farmers. I hate to say it, but sometimes the best way to garuntee a tree not only gets planted, but also is cared for and lives a long happy life, is to consume papper products.

Check with your local library. Some offer free apps where you can download e books. Or you can bite the bullet and place a hold on the paper book through them, might be a long waiting list though.

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I like his voice as well. Not very authentic of the publisher.

It is my understanding they did the same thing to Andrew as well for his audio books. Thats bullshit.

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NightHawk999, regardless of whether or not “someone has to support the tree farmers,” as noted I have a strong personal preference for e-books/audiobooks (for many reasons), however it appears to be the case that the new edition is not available in digital formats for some bizarre reason. (Unfortunate, as it would be easy for someone to jump from the link for the new physical book to the digital links and mistakenly order the old edition.)

I’ve already ordered the dead tree edition, so the physical object in question will be shipped to me shortly. As someone who works in a library, thank you for noting that it is possible to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. I strongly encourage people to take advantage of this should they be so inclined. Thousands of libraries use the Libby app, which is a great way to read books.

~ArthurG

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Glad to hear you bought the book :slightly_smiling_face:

I, too, have a general preference for ebooks, but I went to great lengths (international shipping using a shipping forwarder) to get this new paperback edition, and I’m really glad I did. It’s the sort of book that really lends itself to physical bookmarking and frequently re-reading many sections, as one’s understanding of the teaching of the practice matures.

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@Dream_Hacker Coming back to your original question of the thread: does it contain new material? :slight_smile:

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To partially answer your question @KhyungMar , read this post:

@Dream_Hacker , I would interested as well in knowing if there is significant new material, or if it is mostly a purification of the old text and material so it is more relatable?

The book arrived today. I flipped the pages open randomly and the first page it landed on was, made my jaw drop:

p85, chapter 12: The Four Foundational Practices

Not sure if you remember @KhyungMar , but that is the exact section that you recommended to me a few months back, via an ecopy of the old edition.

Reading it then had a profound impact on me, as did re-reading it today. Cant really express in words how meaningful that section was and is to me now. Very powerful, very deep, and reading it again with a little experience under my belt made it that much more impactful.

Thank you my friend :slightly_smiling_face:

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