Course Summary

 

Within the Shakta Tantra tradition of South Asia, Shakti is a dynamic, creative, all- pervading power that animates reality. Shakti is the conscious, creative force that manifests every thought, mood and material form. As this power, she is depicted in many images of the divine, perhaps most vividly and profoundly as the goddesses of the South Asian pantheon.

In this four-week course, we will look at the mythology, history, and iconography of four goddesses: Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kali and Durga. We will consider the specific rituals and devotional practices that enliven their presence in the heart of practitioners.

We will also explore how the fields of consciousness associated with these goddesses function on a material level and investigate how an understanding of their different dimensions (historical, philosophical, spiritual and mythological) provides a deeper and more nuanced understanding of our roles in life and our place in existence. As fields of consciousness inherent in the fabric of reality, how do goddesses Durga, Kali, Saraswati, and Lakshmi influence and shape our awareness and everyday experience?

Each class begins with a meditation, a visualization and a mantra invocation to the Goddess. A visual presentation with teachings on the qualities, attributes, mythology, iconography, history and culture of these deities will be shared, with time reserved in every session for questions and discussion.


About Your Teacher

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Laura Amazzone, M.A. is a teacher, writer, intuitive healer, yogini and initiated priestess in the Shakta Tantra and Sri Vidya traditions of India and Nepal. She is the author of the award-winning book, “Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power.” She has published numerous articles within the fields of Hinduism, Tantra and Feminist Spirituality in many different encyclopedias, anthologies, journals and online publications. Laura teaches in the Yoga Philosophy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and online at various different teaching platforms. She offers a diverse array of teachings, authentic and undiluted lineage-based rituals and spiritual practices as well as pilgrimages to Nepal that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment. LauraAmazzone.com

Course Outline

Join Laura Amazzone as she explores the profound teachings, philosophy and symbolism of the South Asian Goddess.

STUDENTS WHO TAKE THIS COURSE WILL:

  • understand the cultural, historical, and spiritual domains, as well as the ancient roots of four popular South Asian Goddesses that are appearing in emerging religious movements of the West (Bhakti, Yoga, Kirtan, Tantra).

  • receive an important and necessary contextual understanding for working with Goddess within contemporary devotional practices.

  • discern between the misperceptions, cooptation and gross appropriation of Goddesses within certain communities outside South Asia and learn how to respectfully honor and approach these shaktis.

  • learn about the cosmological implications of the worship of shakti in four different forms.

  • recognize and deepen one’s connection to these four forms of the shakti and their qualities through visualization and meditation:

    • the creative, meditative, artistic qualities of Saraswati

    • the passion, love, peace, and abundance of Lakshmi

    • the courage and strength of Durga

    • the liberating and transformative powers of Kali

SHAKTI
Faces of the Goddess

A 4-WEEK WORKSHOP WITH Laura Amazzone
PRESENTED BY EMBODIED PHILOSOPHY

A One-Time Investment of $127, or Three Payments of $49 (every two weeks).

NOTE: Each week will include a 2 hour Lecture & Q&A on a Tuesday Evening at 7pm Eastern Time (East Coast USA). Everyone will receive recordings of the Talks, so if you are not available during the Live Lecture, you can watch freely at your own time, again and again.

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