Hindu Tantrism

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 7285 3.00

This course will survey the basic historical and social background of Hindu Tantrism; touch on basic Tantric concepts such as mantra, yantra, Shiva-Shakti and diksha; and discuss the subtler elements of Tantric philosophy as shown in the Kashmir Shaiva systems. Tantra speaks of the eternal love affair between the phenomenal and the nonphenomenal, which infuses everything. Anyone who can develop the tantric poise of consciousness can affect the world in every way, while being nothing but a powerhouse of delight. This course will acquaint students with the basic theoretical conceptions of Hindu Tantra and provide a foundation from which students may embark on deeper experiential processes.

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