Do Zen Masters dream?

April 5, 2010

I just woke up from a typical dream: I was in a grocery store; saw some high prices; decided to take a picture of the high prices to share with my friends on Facebook; a touchscreen monitor suddenly appeared, already logged into Facebook; I saw a store security camera; I touched the screen, and something went wrong, but it gave me a good idea.

Then I woke up, and immediately wondered, "What would it be like to be a Zen Master, who has no attachments to ideas like these?"

Would they even dream? Based on some things I've read, I have to think they don't. But if they do dream of one initial thing (one initial image), and they have no attachment to what they see or hear, would they see anything after that initial image?

It seems like most dreams are created like the one I described in that first paragraph, where images are created in response to something you're thinking about, and then continue to be built depending on your other thoughts, desires, opinions, etc. If a Zen Master has none of these things ... I just don't believe they dream.

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