16th -21st, May 2015

"The Vibration of Consciousness": The Spanda Kārikā

A Retreat-Seminar in the tradition of Nondual Kashmir Śaivism

Deer Park Institute

May 16-21, 2015

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"The Vibration of Consciousness":

The Spanda Kārikā with Commentary by Kṣemarāja

A Retreat-Seminar in the tradition of Nondual Kashmir Śaivism

Teacher; Dr. Bettina Sharada Bäumer, Varanasi.

Content:

The Spanda Kārikā or "Verses on Vibration" by Vasugupta (9th century, Kashmir) is one of the foundational texts of Kashmir Shaivism which teaches the dynamic nature of the Absolute, of the cosmos and of human consciousness. Its Nirnaya Commentary by Ksemarāja, direct disciple of Abhinavagupta (11th century) adds a lucid spiritual interpretation to the concise verses of the text.

Spanda means creative vibration and the inner divine dynamism which pervades everything, and which can be mystically realized in one's own essential nature. The text teaches an analysis of consciousness and a way to full awakening (suprabuddha).

Program:

Two sessions of text teaching daily

4-5 hours of meditation

Walks in nature

Recitation of hymns and ślokas (Sanskrit)

Silence from dinner time till next day lunch included

Note : Silence is essential for the practice of the teaching and for maintaining an atmosphere of retreat.

Requirements for participation:

Basic knowledge of Indian spirituality and philosophy and basic knowledge of Sanskrit is an ideal preparation, though not a necessary condition for participation.

Experience in meditation is a necessary requirement

 

 

 

Text editions and translations recommended:

 

Spanda-Kārikās. The Divine Creative Pulsation, ed. and transl. by Jaideva Singh, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1980 ff.

Dyczkowski, Mark S.G. : The Stanzas on Vibration. The Spandakārikā with four Commentaries, Albany: SUNY Series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir, 1992.

Dyczkowski, Mark S.G.: The Doctrine of Vibration, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 2006

Silburn, Lilian: Spandakārikā. Stances sur la vibration de Vasugupta et leurs gloses, (French transl.), Paris: Ed. de. Boccard, 1990.

 

 

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