Saturday 16th May
1pm – 6pm
Whitespace Yoga Studio, Milton Keynes
“What is here, is elsewhere
What is not here, is nowhere” – Vishvasara Tantra
Tantra has captured the fascination of the Western world but few Westerners actually know what it stands for. The origins of Tantra go far back in time. Some Orientalists consider the origins of Tantrism around the 6-7th century AC. Others sustain the idea that Tantra is an ancient tradition, having its origins in the pre-Aryan period of India. Even if we cannot assign a definite date to the beginning of Tantra what is worth to be mentioned is the great influence of Tantrism upon all great spiritual traditions of India, Shaivism, Buddhism, Vaishnavism and Jainism. All these traditions developed a Tantric dimension. But what is Tantra?
In this 1-day workshop we will explore:
- Is genuine Tantrism what we have nowadays on spiritual “market” under the name of Tantra?
- What is the main goal of Tantra?
- Is the popular belief of the West that Tantra means superlative, ecstatic sex what really defines Tantra?
- What is the connection between Tantra and sexual energy? Why is Tantrism the only spiritual path in which the sexuality is not a taboo?
- What are the features of Tantra?
- What are the common misconceptions regarding Tantra in the Western mind?
- What are the main traditions of Tantra?
- What are the tools of Tantra? What is a yantra? What is a mantra? What is a puja?
- Can we Westerners practice Tantra?
- Are we ready for Tantra? If “yes” what should we start with?
Practical aspects of the workshop:
- Purification of the chakras using visualization and mantra (sacred sound)
- Heart opening methods
- Breathing exercises
- Yantra Practice (Concentration on sacred geometry)
- Mantra practice (Chanting of sacred sounds)
- Puja (sacred act of honouring divinity)
“In the divine abode of the body, I adore you, O God together with the Goddess, day and night. I adore you continuously washing with the sprinklings of the essence of my astonishment the support of all that has been made. I adore you with the spiritual flowers of the innate being; I adore you with the priceless goblet of the Heart which is full of the ambrosia of bliss. The triple world, full of various tastes and flavours, is cast into the apparatus of the nexus of the Heart. I squeeze it, casting it down from on high with the great weight of the spiritual discrimination. The supreme nectar of consciousness, which removes births, old age and death, flows gushing from Thy. Opening the mouth wide I devour it, the supreme oblation, like clarified butter, and in this way, O Supreme Goddess, I gladden and satisfy you day and night.” – Abhinavagupta
Book directly with Whitespace either online or call 01908 566610.