In this 4-part course, we will systematically explore the fundamental principles of non-dual Tantra, a tradition that can be overwhelming in its scope, philosophy, texts, and practice. This course is designed for anyone interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of the non-dual Tāntrik traditions. While pertaining to the non-dual Śaiva path (popularly known as Kashmir Shaivism), the principles examined in this course are also relevant to the Śakta tradition of Śrīvidyā.
We will begin with a brief history of non-dual Tantra and its developed view, which will become the basis for understanding all the other concepts of the path. In subsequent modules, we will gain an overview of the various aspects of the view and the importance of language in the tradition before settling into an understanding of its various practices.
Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, MI. She has studied with various teachers including Advaita Vedanta through the Chinmaya Mission, the Direct Path with Greg Goode in the lineage of Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, Sri Vidya Sadhana with Sri Chaitanyananda and Sri Sivapremananda, Tantra and Ayurveda with Dr. Sumit Kesarkar, and Kashmir Shaivism with Paul Muller-Ortega. Her workshops, courses and writings on meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda and non-duality strive to bring these time-honored traditions to modern living in practical ways. She is the author of The Heart of Wellness (Llewellyn Publications, January 2018), which brings together Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda to change the paradigm of health and wellness, and Shakti Rising (New Harbinger Publications, October 2017), which is a fresh exploration of the ten great goddesses of cosmic wisdom known as the Dasha Mahavidya. Shakti Rising won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017.