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A required course for the Certificate in Hindu Studies and Diploma in Applied Theology programs.
In this 8 week course we will explore the Yogic and Tantric understanding of the energetic body and its relationship to the transformative practices of spiritual practice (sadhana).
Our approach to the subjects of this course is traditional, yet informed by contemporary scholarship and responsive to modern challenges. At Ramakrishna Seminary our focus is on the practical applications of religious thought and philosophy to the active spiritual lives of our students. Emphasis is given to personal spiritual development, cultural authenticity and service of God in the world.
This course consists of 8 modules, one module per week. Materials for this course will be a combination of original content (such as live webinars, recordings, and writings from the instructor) and curated content (such as PDFs of articles, essays and selections from books and journals, readings from textbooks, and links to online videos and articles).
Each Monday students will have access to the new module’s study material which includes a comprehensive lecture by the instructor presented as six 25-minute videos. Every Sunday, from 3:30-5pm (PST) the instructor will guide a live webinar via Zoom for questions and discussion on the weeks module. Recordings of webinars will be posted within a few hours of the live meetings for those who could not attend.
Tuition for this course (originally $500) has been reduced to $350 in consideration of the financial strain that many are experiencing due to COVID-19
A Hindu monk, priest, author, and educator with more than twenty-six years of experience in presenting the teachings and practices of Sanatana Dharma, Indian philosophy, Tantric rituals, and the devotional schools.
Most study material for this course will be provided by the instructor as part of the modules, but students are requested to acquire these two books, which should be readily available from online booksellers.
Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation
by Harish Johari,
Destiny Books , 2000
Pundit Johari's text is among the best of Western explications, combining traditional, visionary, and practical views. Chakras is illustrated, detailed, accessible to the neophyte, and notable for its valuable discussion of Tantric vocabulary.
Tantra: Path of Ecstasy
by Georg Feuerstein
Destiny Books , 2000
Dr. Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, removing many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.
Evaluation of Student Performance
This course is worth 8 Seminary Credits, and can be taken for either Credit or No Credit.
No Credit Option
Students not taking the course to earn Seminary Credits are not required to turn in written assignments or a final paper, but are expected to participate in online lectures and discussions and keep up with assigned readings and other materials.
Attendance and Class Participation: Students, who are taking this course for Seminary credit, are expected to attend weekly online lectures and discussions. If students must miss a live lecture, they are expected to watch the recording of the session and to participate in the discussion forum.
Class assignments: Each module includes assigned reading and/or engagement with other curated material such as articles, videos, audio files, PDFs, etc. These assignments and their supporting material will be available on these Course Support Pages. Short writing assignments that may be assigned should be emailed to the instructor as Word files.
Final paper: At approximately the halfway point of the course several topics will be suggested for students to choose from for their writing project. The final paper should be six to twelve pages in length and be handed in or emailed to the instructor as a Word file within a week after the final day of the course.
Attendance and class participation 40%
Class assignments 40%
Final paper 20%
90% - 100% A (Credit)
80% -89% B (Credit)
70% - 69% C (Credit)
Under 70% No Credit
Accessing Course Modules
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MODULE 1: The Tantric World: Tantra, Yoga, and Cosmic Evolution
January 4 - January 10
MODULE 2: Inner Landscape: Antarkarana, Koshas, Prana, and Nadis
January 11 - January 17
MODULE 3: The Serpent Power: Kundalini and the Chakra System
January 18 - January 24
MODULE 4: Steering Wheels of Prana: Asana, Bandha, Mudra, Pranayama, and Kriya
January 25 - January 31
MODULE 5: Hidden in the Breath: Svara, Svara Yoga, and Yogic Therapy
February 1 - February 7
MODULE 6: Inner Purification: Bhuta Shuddi and Tantric Ritual
February 8 - February 14
MODULE 7: Inner Transformation: Puja, Mantra, Dharana, and Dhyana
February 15 - February21
MODULE 8: Visualizing the Divine: Subtle Anatomy and Tantric Imagery and Myth
February 22 - February 28