Rethinking Tantra: Online Weekend School, 19–20 September

The most misrepresented of all Hindu traditions, Tantra is a complex interweaving of teachings and practices that pervades Vaiṣnava, Śaiva, Śākta, and Smarta traditions. Its roots can be traced back to Vedic times and its influence has spread to Jainism, Buddhism, and beyond.

While sex and secret ritual are an element of some practices, Tantra is much more than that. Tantric ideas have shaped core Hindu practices such as temple building, worship, mantra, yoga, ayurveda, meditation, and guru-disciple relationships. It is a part of everyday life.

This weekend will demystify Tantra and show that it is more than just esoteric teachings for the few, but is in fact the very fabric of the Hindu world-view.

Day One: Saturday 19 September

Tantric Sex, the Kāma Sūtra, and Yoga: Daniel Simpson
Tantra and the Hindu Goddess: Dr. Raj Balkaran
Tantra and Indian Religion: Dr. Nick Sutton
Śakteya Mudrās: Hand Gestures in Goddess Tantric Traditions: Dr. Janaki Nair

Day Two: Sunday 20 September

The Tantric Body: Professor Gavin Flood
Aghora Tantra in Kāmākhyā – Prema Goet
The Path of Desire: Living Tantra in Northeast India – Professor Hugh Urban
Kashmir Śaivism: The Tantric Advaita – Dr. Nick Sutton