FOUNDATIONS OF TANTRIK PHILOSOPHY

Pranama, Stockholm : June 27-28

A weekend of interactive philosophy lectures for yoga practitioners and teachers interested in Classical Tantra.

The thousand-year-old Classical Tantrik school of thought promotes engaging with our world, and hence your body and your life, rather than seeing it as something to transcend or renounce. Designed instead for the ‘householder’, this radically life-centric philosophy has inspired many practitioners such as Satu Tuomela, Christopher Wallis, Sally Kempton, the school of Embodied Flow, and the Pranama Community.

This weekend, Mike will be holding interactive lectures to introduce the foundational philosophical principles behind this way of thinking and its non-dual cosmology.

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Lecture One

IS TRANSCENDENCE THE WAY TO AVOID AIMLESS WANDERING?

The concept of Samsara as aimless wandering from death to death.
Contrasting classical Yoga's quest to find a solution through discovering a higher self and abiding there, against Tantra's world-centric approach.
Debate whether transcendence and renunciation is the ultimate goal for most modern practitioners.

Lecture Two

LAYERS OF YOURSELF

Comparing the Vedantic Koshas with the Tantrik Five Layered Self.
The Koshas are more commonly taught in yogic philosophy, but should classically be seen as aspects of yourself to be disregarded - including your body, mind, and bliss.
Tantra provides an alternative philosophy that suggests we should experience the world, our bodies and mind, but not to overly identify with one over the other.

Lecture Three

A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOGA

A historical persepctive of the roots of yoga and why Tantra is now associated with sex and sorcery

Lecture Four

THE TATTVA SYSTEM

The Samkyha tattva system with quotes from the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, contrasted with the 36 tattva system of Tantra and its alternative message.
Includes an interactive discourse on the nature of the mind.

Lecture Five

THE NATURE OF ILLUSION AND MANIFESTATION

Is there an objective world? And what influence do we have upon it according to Tantra?
Explanation of The Five Acts of Shiva and the message of Shiva Nataraja statues. 
Vak - words as contracted vibrations of universal energy

Lecture Six

YOUR CONDITIONED MIND

Samskaras - our cognitive conditioning, and how they affect our actions. Including an interactive game that demonstrates how we always operate under assumptions, whether consciously or not.
Malas - the hardest beliefs to shift.
Upayas - the three (+1) methods of a Tantrik awakening.

This in-person training can be supplemented by the Embodied Tantra Online course which adds embodiment practices by Satu Tuomela, as well as further lecture subjects. See page for more details.