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Teacher Training Philosophy Courses

ABOUT 

All courses are curated through the careful study of scriptures relating to the topics discussed and a reflection of scholarly research.  The voices of experience meditators and spontaneous Kundalini experiences have been carefully curated through the lens of interpretive phenomenological analysis. 

 

These courses are designed to give the learner a well-rounded, evidence-based viewpoint of a lived path to awakening.  Within the course, there is no bias towards any one tradition but an honest exploration towards uncovering some of the most extraordinary human experiences and insight into our human potential.

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Kuṇḍalinī 1: The Lived Experience Throughout Different Cultures

Topics covered on the course

  • How the Kuṇḍalinī experience is assimilated into local rituals and customs as well as day to day societal structures in different cultures around the world.

  • Accounts of the lived experience of individuals who have been through the Kuṇḍalinī experience.

  • Transcendence of Psychosis. How the experience can affect the psyche of the individual.

  • Possible causes of spontaneous Kuṇḍalinī awakenings.

  • The neurobiological mechanism of Kuṇḍalinī

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Kuṇḍalinī 2: The Psychology and Metaphysics of Kuṇḍalinī Awakenings

Topics covered on the course

  • The theory of manifestation of the self and the universe through the lense of Samkhya and Tantric philosophy 

  • The nature of matter and energy according to Samkhya philosophy 

  • The meaning of prana, shakti and Kuṇḍalinī as synonymous terms according to Tantra

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Kuṇḍalinī 3: Navigating Kuṇḍalinī Energy 

Topics covered on the course

  • How tantric rituals , bija (sacred symbols) and mantra (sacred sounds) work with Kuṇḍalinī energy according the Tantric framework.

  • The Subtle body and Kuṇḍalinī according to Yogic, Buddhist and Tantric Text

  • How the alternate states of consciousness that arise with Kuṇḍalinī  experiences are situated on the Buddhist and Tantric paths to awakening

  • Some of the more challenging experiences with Kuṇḍalinī awakenings and how they are negated with foundationary practices in early Buddhist practice

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Mantra 1:  Its uses and developments from the Vedas to Tantra

Topics covered on the course

  • The origins and uses of Ohm

  • How Mantra evolved from the Vedic Period to Tantric practice

  • A look at scholarly research and scriptures which analyse the varying uses of mantra in Yoga and Tantra in contemplative practice and ritual

    • Mantra in Vedic Traditions​

    • Mantra in the Upanishads

    • Mantra in Tantra

    • Mantra in Yoga

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Mantra 2:  Its uses and developments from the Vedas to Tantra

Topics covered on the course

  • How mantra affects the psychology of the individual through the lens of Samkhya philosophy

  • How tantric rituals, bija (sacred symbols) and mantra (sacred sounds) work with Kuṇḍalinī energy and the subtle body according to the Tantric framework.

  • Practices in Japanese Shingon and Vajrayana Buddhist meditation using the symbol 'A'

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The Subtle Body

Topics covered on the course

  • The evolution of the subtle body  (yogic body) in major Sanskrit texts.

  • How tantric rituals, bija (sacred symbols) and mantra (sacred sounds) work with Kuṇḍalinī energy and the subtle body according to the Tantric framework

  • Subtle body maps compared to medical maps of the human body

  • The central channel and samadhi states compared to the neurological mechanisms in the brain during deep absorption.

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The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali

Topics covered on the course

  • The meaning of yoga according to the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and Samkhya philosophy

  • The nature of consciousness and the manifestation of our perceived reality according to Sāṅkhya Philosophy

  • Vyāsa-bhāṣya (early commentaries on the Yoga Sutra) and how the practices were described in more detail

  • How the mind functions according to this teaching by exploring the 3 Gunas (aspects of manifest reality or prakṛti) and puruṣa (pure, untouched, enlightened consciousness)

  • How the practice of the eight limbs of yoga has a direct effect on the gunas. We will explore how one can still mind or Chitta to invite deeper stages of samadhi or concentration

  • The potential of the mind or siddhi in samyama, a combination of dhāraṇā (concentration), dhyāna (meditation) and samādhi (union)

  • What final liberation or kaivalya means in Yoga

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Meditation Techniques of the Buddha 

Topics covered on the course

  • The metaphysics of our reality and the relationship between mind and matter based on Buddhist Abhidharma manuscripts

  • The Buddhas’ states of absorption or jhanas that lead to insight into the workings of this mind matrix based on the Nikayas (Buddhist Pali Canon)

  • The different stages of enlightenment of the Buddha how these states are experienced in the mind-body

  • The direct experiences of long term meditators and Buddhist monks

  • The meaning of freedom from suffering and how to attain it in the early Buddhist context