December 3, 2020 - 5:30 pm
December 17, 2020 - 8:30 pm
According to the Ancients, human beings are caught in a perpetual cycle of tension and suffering that is characterized by unfulfilled desires, frustrated emotions, attachment & aversion, distorted self-perception and misidentification. The root cause of this cycle is our ignorance about our true nature, the world around us, and of Ultimate Reality. Because of that ignorance, we seek outwardly to release suffering and to find fulfillment. That misguided seeking entangles us in what the Ancients called the World of Name and Form.
Deep Inner Practices evolved in the tradition of Tantric Yoga through which we can break identification, become free from attachment & aversion, realize our true nature, and actualize our innate potentials. These Inner Practices relied on complex symbol systems and offered initiated practitioners the means to achieve these goals.
Tantric Laya Yoga is one of these ancient systems of Inner Practice. The three major components of Laya Yoga are Bhūta Śuddhi, Cakra Sādhana, and Devatā Yoga. In this educational and experiential series, you will explore how to use this ancient and profound system of Inner Practice to surface and transform the deep patterns (saṁskāra-s) that are at the root of our suffering, and to actualize what the Ancients called our Innate Divine potentials.
Each session will begin at 5:30pmMT until 8:30pmMT and include presentation, discussion, and practice.
Thursday December 3, 2020:
Bhūta Śuddhi explores and works with the relationship between consciousness and manifestation as a means of revealing:
- How our senses of perception entangle us in a web of worldly identification, attachment, and desire
- How our origins of action perpetuate that entanglement
- How we can systematically break that identification, attachment, and desire so that we can turn our attention inward to more subtle work
Thursday December 10, 2020:
Cakra Sādhana involves an exploration of the relationship between our manifest state (at the level of desires, feelings, thoughts, and behavior) and the subconscious impulses that influence and drive our desires, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.
The symbolism of the cakra-s reveals a comprehensive map of our personality that functions as both:
- a “map of the land mines” revealing our dysfunctional patterns
- a “treasure map” revealing a path to actualizing our optimal potentials
Thursday December 17, 2020:
While Cakra Sādhana works with subconscious impulses and deep-rooted patterns, Devatā Yoga explores and works with transpersonal and archetypal forces that both influence us and reveal our own higher potentials at the level of desires, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.
Devatā Yoga works with these forces through the symbolism of the Deities – the Gods and Goddesses – to help practitioners:
- cultivate a living relationship with these forces
- actualize within themselves the potentials that the Deities both contain and reveal