Sacred Activism through Lucid Dreams: A Dream of Enthronement by Alaya A. Dannu


I am a Vajrayana Buddhist. I follow the Buddha Dharma via the Vajra path. My journey to the Dharma was through lucid dreams. I have not once had a human teacher, in this lifetime, to teach or guide me to/on this path. My teachers have been the Dakinis, the Mothers, or a variety of emanations of the Divine Feminine embodying many forms of wisdom. They are the ones that have provided me with the practices to engage and the ways in which I need to BE, in order to DO, in this lifetime.

“How do you know these dreams are not from your mind?”

Do you know how many times I have heard this question, from sangha members of less melanin? Did you know that it has always been a Western Buddhist that has challenged my experiences, yet those that follow the Buddha Dharma in Asia would always inquire about them from a place of curiosity?

“But really, how do you know?” This is my default answer before referring to the 15 plus years of knowing the difference of the quality of dreams:

“I never heard of Padmakara before Vishnu revealed to me “…those who give praise to Padmakara will receive great blessings.””

Padmakara is another name for Padmasambhava, aka Guru Rinpoche, a very important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. While there are plenty of similar dreams I can provide as an example, this is not the main reason for writing this essay.

There was a dream I had on March 9, 2018, about an event that took place on March 8th, yet did not realize the connection between my dream and the event until April 17th. (Because my way of being is heavily influenced by my dreams, for me the time warps and leaps are normal).

The Dream:

I was in a large courtyard at a very large Buddhist temple. There were many, many monks. All of them wore traditional red and yellow robes. There was an enthronement ceremony in progress for several lamas/monks/men. The one in charge turned to me and said, “I seldom do this for so many”. I was also in line to be enthroned.

One of the men was given an odd shaped hat. Each of the men enthroned after him was crowned with a hat shaped like it. One was black and white, the other red and yellow. [end of dream]

This was experienced one day after a recognition ceremony. I had no prior knowledge of when it would happen.

At the time of this dream, my thoughts and meditations were all focused on discovering why I was guided to be in the Piedmont region of Italy. They were far from the contemplation of an enthronement ceremony.

On March 8, 2018, something phenomenal happened – an African-Caribbean Osun devotee and spiritual teacher, known as Yeye Omileye, was recognized as an emanation of the female water Buddha Mamaki by the medium for the Tibetan State Oracle, Nechung Kuten-La in Dharmasala, India. You can read more about it here.

Myself and several others think this to be a very auspicious event. Not only because there is an emanation in this day and age of a female water deity from within the Tibetan Buddha Dharma, but also because the woman being recognized is a woman that has a degree of melanin. A stark contrast to what you ‘normally’ see in Western and Tibetan Buddhism. I know of a black nun ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions of Buddhism, Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni, and that African-American buddhist teachers do exist.

However, something as profound as this?

Non-existent.

You might think there was a lot of conversation, praise, and celebration around this event. Well, there was a lot of conversation, some praise, and a bit of celebration. Last year, when I’d heard about the announcement of her recognition, I was in Nepal. After leaving Nepal, I’d completely forgotten about it until April 17, 2018, when I chose a seemingly ‘random’ day to check Facebook. The first bit of news on my timeline was from Omileye, and it spoke about the hurtful comments and emails she had received after news of her recognition ceremony was posted on the blog Vajrayana World. Said blog post has since been deleted.

Before writing this essay, I searched online for places that might be engaged in a conversation about this, found a forum dedicated to Dharma practitioners and did not expect to see what was posted – there were more dissenting voices than supportive ones surrounding this event.

Why is it difficult for this news to be taken seriously?

Why is it a shock to hear that someone like me can distinguish the quality of lucid dreams to know what is simply just a dream, and what is pure vision?

Why is it a shock to hear that I have ancestry from several countries across three different continents? That I acknowledge my mixed heritage and embody it with honor, while not being attached to it? None of this should be a surprise.

Perhaps, I need not ask why, and simply continue what I have been doing – educate through compassionate sharing.

What one perceives to be, and what is, are not the same.

I am not a friend or student of Yeye Omileye. We are connected via Facebook, with the somewhat occasional email exchange. Furthermore, I am vaguely familiar with her work. What I know is very little – she works with Osun as an oracle and does healing work for the waters of the planet. She also offers personal development programs.

While this dream could be interpreted in so many ways, I will only point out what was spoken by the officiating lama: “I seldom do this for so many”.  

“…for so many”. Perhaps there will be more to come?

Was this dream a residual effect of the ceremony that happened the night prior?

In the end it is the dreamer that determines the meaning, however, this is not a sharing of my interpretation. It is shared for you to contemplate.

Recognitions in this tradition are not certificate mills. They do not come so easily. Yet when they come, they should be honored for what they are.

 

 

Alaya A. Dannu, MTP (aka Diya Prajnaparamita) is a woman of mixed heritage, born in Texas, raised in NYC. For the past two and a half years, she has been traveling the world living her dreams. She is a Vajrayana Buddhist, writer of poetic memoirs, and sacred dancer.

Combining her background in Transpersonal Psychology and 15 years of dream documentation her mission is to re-establish a woman’s ancestral visionary tradition as it has been revealed to her through her dreams and shamanic journeys.

She is passionate about assisting others with exploring their origins, identity, and purpose through the power and nature of dreams, and finding creative ways to express those themes.

You can read more on her blog at https://diyaprajnaparamita.wordpress.com/

On Sacred Activism: I engage in a bit of activism in my travels, dispelling stereotypes and ignorance on a plethora of topics/subject matter.  Take a look here and here.

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Categories: Activism, Buddhism, Dreams and Dreaming, Feminism, Feminism and Religion, General, Vajrayana Buddhism

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8 replies

  1. Given that religious authorities, whether priests or gurus or others are so prone to abuse the trust that is placed in them, and given how wrong so many of them have been about women and others, I believe that we must finally and always be our own authorities, while of course learning from others. Bless you and your path Alaya.

    I would also suggest that we need to examine all of our deepest intuitions and other sources of knowledge that we tap into, and always make sure that we are acting for the good of others, ourselves, and the whole web of life. In my personal experience I have sometimes confused what I deeply want with what I deeply know.

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    • Thank you for reading and responding, Carol!

      I do agree that regardless of where we receive our information/intuition from, we need to be diligent in discerning what’s from our mind or deepest desires, and that which comes from beyond ourselves. There is an ancestral/matrilineal oracular tradition that I was born into that utilizes dreams as a means to transmit knowledge and information. Sometimes what is revealed is just for me and/or family, however, most of the time the information revealed is about the origins of the tradition itself, its nature, and its influence. On the one hand, I was completely unaware of how the information was all interconnected for 15 years. So when it comes to discernment on what is from within myself or from the matriarchs of this tradition, it’s clear. On the other hand, before I can even speak about it, I have to wait for permission or the “right timing” to share.

      Because it’s not about “me” with regard to a persona or an individual. When I had this dream, I was utterly confused because it was already made clear to me that my engagement in the vajra path is solely for its use in developing and maintaining clarity. It is much needed when receiving oracular information through lucid dreams. Seeing as Omileye is also from a long line of seers, it is also not so surprising that there is a connection across the web of existence.

      Overall, when it comes to traditions, especially those passed on through the bloodline, there is a slightly different framework at play; although the ethics bit is universal. ^_^ It is something I’d like to share in later pieces here on this blog, in the not-to-distant future.

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  2. What is the Vajra path? Thanks for telling us about your dreams and the knowledge you receive from them.

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    • Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for reading this piece.

      The vajra path is one of the three vehicles [paths] in the Buddha dharma. It is a tantric path, one said to be the quickest way to the bodhi state/enlightenment. The tools and practices all look different for the practitioner. It is also the path that is better known for having non-human teachers [Dakinis, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas] that transmit knowledge to the practitioner, although it is not as common. That’s a short summary of it.

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  3. Dreams are the language of the body and they attach us to all their is – no matter what the name,

    I am so sorry that once again what truths a woman shares are rejected.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this part of your spiritual life. I greatly admire and wonder at the possibilities of being connected to our dream world and to do so, more intentionally. When I hear or read “I seldom do this for so many” I can’t help but think of the many, many women who are rising up, anointing themselves as leaders to reclaim the feminine and confront toxic masculinist framework that is strangling the planet. Forgive me for this brash interpretation for it is not my place to offer one. I offer this only as a possible confirmation of my dearest hope of where we are at this time and place on earth even as I find comfort that, on a spiritual plane, leaders are being prepared.
    Thank you for your diligence and following your spiritual path.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to read this, and to share your thoughts. ^_^

      “Forgive me for this brash interpretation for it is not my place to offer one. I offer this only as a possible confirmation of my dearest hope…” No need to apologize for sharing this. Perhaps that is part of the wisdom of sharing – the emergence of insight that is of value.

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