The Lucid Dreaming program at Shambhala Mountain Center that is happening next month (May 17-21st) is going to have an exciting new experience added to it. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience virtual reality and lucid dreaming!

Jordan Quaglia, PhD from Naropa University’s Cognitive Affective Science Lab will be at the program and will have virtual reality equipment for program participants to use. For those of you who are new to virtual reality, it refers to a computer generated, three-dimensional environment. People use a range of systems to explore and interact with the virtual reality environment, including googles or head-sets, special gloves and sometimes omni-directional treadmills. The use of these actually stimulate the user’s senses to create the illusion of “reality.”

Participants at the SMC event will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge scientific research on the relationship between meditation and virtual reality technology. Dr. Quaglia is an Assistant Professor in Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology program and Research Director for the Compassion Initiative in the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education.  In addition to allowing those of us that want to experience virtual reality to do so, he will also be presenting some findings from his research on the relationship of virtual reality and lucid dreaming and meditation.

I had the opportunity to engage in a preview of this study, and found it most compelling. In conjunction with this study, we will discuss further the relationship between virtual reality, lucid dreams, and “real” reality.  Virtual reality (like lucid dreams) can either wake us up to the nature of reality, or pull us farther away into delusion. The practice of illusory form is closely connected to dream yoga, and virtual reality is closely connected to the practice of illusory form.

Come to SMC and see for yourself what all the buzz is about, and why Facebook spent 2 billion dollars buying Oculus Rift.

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