Why are dreams so difficult to interpret?

Lama Ole’s answer:

If there is little emotion involved, then dreams are often only old, torn-off images from the store consciousness, which have little to do with you. Only if there is an emotional reaction involved—one feels good or bad—then the dream has meaning.

In dreams that feel important, the mind wants to tell itself something but it can’t really face up to it. So it encrypts the messages of the subconscious to the conscious. The subconscious plays hide and seek. It is worthwhile to look at this a bit because some parts of dreams do have meaning.

Is it possible to receive real teachings in dreams?

Lama Ole’s answer:

The teacher you hear or see the most in your dreams is very, very important for you. He is probably your root teacher, with whom you have the strongest experience and connection. Here it is quite possible to connect with his power-field, exchange knowledge, and really learn something.

If you dream of the lama and, for example, are talking about flowers or drinking tea, it can be a kind of opening of the subconscious. And if you really feel a lot, then suddenly a new level of development—an “aha” experience—breaks through. This then is a true blessing, and you can get strength, energy, and knowledge from the teacher in this way.

But you must never act solely on the basis of the dream! You always have to check whether what you’ve dreamt makes you fat, is immoral, breaks the law, and so on. You have to check whether it is compatible with the regular world. So don’t jump out the window without a parachute, or something like that. Instead, check the information with sound common sense.

What does it mean if we dream of the Karmapa or of you?

Lama Ole’s answer:

If you dream of me, then your virtue is gone! No but seriously, one can say that the teacher is the direct gateway to our own buddha nature. The teacher is actually the mirror showing us our own face.

So if you dream of buddha forms, hear mantras, or see your lama, then this actually means that you have direct access to your own buddha nature. This is very good! It means that the veils of dust on the mind are quite thin and that the timeless nature of mind is close to breaking through. Another positive aspect of dreaming of the teacher is that if one dies and doesn’t have Phowa, then one has a very good chance of seeing the teacher shortly after death or while dying.