(in English unless otherwise specified)
Bettina Bäumer gives "Retreat Seminars" on various texts of the non-dualist Kashmir Shaiva tradition. She mainly teaches three basic Tantras of the Trika School: the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, the Paratrisika (with Abhinavagupta's Vivarana commentary) and the Netra Tantra (with commentary by Ksemaraja), as well as texts like the Siva Sutra, the Spanda Karika, and the the Pratyabhijna Hridayam. Besides these, she also teaches mystical Bhakti hymns of Kashmir, such as the Sivastotravali by Utpaladeva, the Stavacintamani by Bhatta Narayana, the Sambapancasika and Stotras by Abhinavagupta.
She follows a certain style in conducting these retreats, basically consisting of two sessions of text study, morning and afternoon, about four hours of meditation, recitation of the hymns and slokas of the texts concerned, besides periods of silence and meditative walks in nature (wherever the surroundings permit).
These Retreat Seminars are given in various places around India and in Europe, notably near her home in Varanasi, in Himachal Pradesh, and in Rishikesh, as well as in Srinagar (Kashmir) itself. They typically will be five days long, though shorter or longer sessions are possible.
Venue: Deer Park Institute, Bir, Himachal Pradesh
Registration: Please check www.deerpark.in
The Netra Tantra, “Tantra of the Third Eye (of Shiva)”, also called Mṛtyujit, “Conquerer of Death”, is one of the fundamental scriptures of non-dualist Kashmir Shaivism, which teaches three forms of Yoga, besides containing important chapters on ritual and Mantra. The aim of the highest Yoga is an overcoming of death and attaining a state of divinity.
The text is in Sanskrit and has received a Hindi translation, the English translation by Bettina Sharada Bäumer is in the process of publication and will be made available to the participants.
The seminar will consist in two units of text teaching, several sessions of meditation with the aim of practising the Yoga contained in it, periods of silence, besides meditative walks in nature and sharing sessions. Participants are expected to have some experience in meditation.