Cessation in a dream?

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Dominic Rocks, modified 1 Year ago at 12/6/22 2:32 AM
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Cessation in a dream?

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I have never experienced cessation, but I have experienced something similar in a dream. Of what I remember, there were long stretches of what i can best describe as nothingness, nothing occuring with no sensory experience and no emobidment, with only sporadic thoughts such as: "isn't something missing?". There were a few normal dreams in between. One scenario repeated itself, and once this was realised the dream ended and there was more 'nothingness'. 
Was this cessation or something different? Can anyone shed some light on this? I have mainly a dzogchen background if that helps.
Many thanks
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เอียน พิชฟอร์ด, modified 1 Year ago at 12/6/22 9:50 AM
Created 1 Year ago at 12/6/22 9:50 AM

RE: Cessation in a dream?

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I often have meditative experiences in dreams, including insights, so I don't see why not. Coincidentally, I had a dream on Tathātā or thusness last night which seemed perceptive and motivating.
shargrol, modified 1 Year ago at 12/6/22 11:58 AM
Created 1 Year ago at 12/6/22 11:58 AM

RE: Cessation in a dream?

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Probably was something closer to a momentary formless jhana... you might be interested in this: https://www.mctb.org/mctb2/table-of-contents/part-iii-the-samatha-jhanas/28-the-formless-realms/
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Pepe ·, modified 1 Year ago at 12/6/22 1:10 PM
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RE: Cessation in a dream?

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Can't make a diagnosis, that's above my paygrade, but this may help you: (Daniel Ingram's) List of symptoms for ñana diagnosis .

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thor jackson, modified 1 Year ago at 12/7/22 7:51 AM
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RE: Cessation in a dream?

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Cessation is not "experienced". It is the absence of experience, or more importantly, the experiencer.
Hector L, modified 1 Year ago at 12/7/22 8:00 PM
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RE: Cessation in a dream?

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Not sure about cessation but I've had a couple that I assumed was just experience of dreamless sleep. It feels a bit clearer/cleaner than some of the waking jhanas, no nimittas or anything just sort of black. When waking it takes a different path like falling in between the frames of a movie and has more visual texture so I guess they are different.