Besides attending live retreats, you can also watch Bettina ji's teachings on her YouTube Channel.
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.
Teacher: Bettina Sharada Bäumer
Venue: Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh
The Trika Interreligious Trust in collaboration with Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, invite you cordially to a Retreat-Seminar in the tradition of Trika Śaivism of Kashmir.
Mystical poetry has been a source of inspiration and enlightenment in many traditions, and Kashmir Śaivism is rich in hymns and poetry which are an essential part of the living tradition, through recitation and meditation. The most famous and widely used Stotras are by Utpaladeva and Bhaṭṭa Nārāana, both approximately of the 9th century.
Utpaladeva, paramaguru of Abhinavagupta, was both, the founder of the philosophy of Recognition or Pratyabhijñā, and a mystic of Bhakti, as expressed in his Śivastotrāvalī.
The best summary of his characteristics is by Raffaele Torella: “The work of Utpaladeva can be viewed as the very icon of the integration of the rational and emotional sides of man: his extremely sophisticated philosophical arguments are to be viewed side by side with his passionate mystical poetry.”
In this retreat we will explore Kashmir Śaivism from its Bhakti aspect, which no doubt is also underlying the other texts and traditions of Tantra, Yoga, Philosophy and Aesthetics.
The aim is to enrich and deepen our spiritual life in the light of these mystical poets, where one verse may sometimes be enough to reach the highest state of consciousness.
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