Forthcoming Seminars 2022

Due to Covid-19 pandemic in India and Europe, no seminars and retreats have been possible since March 2020. We are still awaiting a return to normalcy and will make announcements subsequently. As a compensation we advise you to 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.

August 14 - 21, 2022
Vijñāna Bhairava or 112 Ways of entering into Divine Consciousness


A Retreat Seminar in the tradition of nondualist Kashmir Shaivism
with Dr. Sadananda Das and Dr. Bettina Sharada Bäumer


Content: The Vijñāna Bhairava is one of the early and authoritative Tantras on the spiritual practice of  Trika Shaivism of Kashmir, and it holds a special place as far as the ways of attainment of the supreme Consciousness are concerned. Its meditations are universal and can be practiced irrespective of belonging to the Shaiva tradition.

Program and Method: The daily program comprises three sessions of text teaching and three sessions of meditation. The mornings, lunch included, will be in silence. We study the text from the Sanskrit original with translation, and always with reference to the practice involved.