Kashmir Shaivism Study Group
Note: This program will be not be held starting on Sunday, December 8 through Sunday, January 26. It will resume again on each Sunday starting on February 2, 2020.
Swami Atmananda offers a weekly donation-based study group on the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism using Swami Shankaranada's book, "Consciousness is Everything: The Yoga of Kashmir Shaivism," as well as other scriptural sources. The group meets from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram located at 515 Manor Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Consciousness is the most intimate experience of life, the essence of life itself. Among the many spiritual traditions born and developed in India, one ancient philosophy, Kashmir Shaivism, has explored it completely. Until now Kashmir Shaivism was an esoteric field accessible only to a few scholars and other specialists. Swami Shankarananda, a self-realized spiritual master, presents the wisdom of this powerful tradition in a form that will delight and inspire all spiritual seekers. He explores the teachings in rich detail, elucidating ideas and meditative practices while drawing on a vast canvas of of many great beings, wisdom traditions and personal experience.
Kashmir Shaivism or Trika Shaivism refers to a nondualist tradition of Śaiva-Śakta Tantra which originated sometime after 850 CE. Though this tradition was very influential in Kashmir and is thus often called Kashmir Shaivism, it was actually a pan-Indian movement termed "Trika" by its great proponent Abhinavagupta, which also flourished in Oḍiśā and Mahārāṣṭra. Defining features of the Trika tradition is its idealistic and monistic Pratyabhijnā (Recognition) philosophical system, propounded by Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta, and the centrality of the three goddesses Parā, Parāparā, and Aparā.
Please attend as often as you are able to, drop-ins are welcome. We will be studying and discussing one chapter a week from the book "Consciousness is Everything: The Yoga of Kashmir Shaivism" by Swami Shankaranada. However, the weekly discussion may change if more time is necessary to cover the material. The book is available for purchase at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram Bookstore and is also available from Amazon.com.
This is a FREE donation-based community program. Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram is a section 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation