Sacred Secrets:
Unveiling Tantra in the Western Himalayas

What is Tantra? Why is it so misconstrued? How does one understand Tantra in its Himalayan setting? What are the mysterious practices relating to the Tantric sects ?

DURATION: 3 DAYS | BATCH: January 2024 | STARTING DATE: 16th-18th February

Tantra represents mysterious esoteric practices and literally means an ‘instrument to expand’. Learn about tantric traditions, their history and iconography as seen in the Western Himalayas. Learn about Shaiva and Shakta sects in Hinduism, and the Vajrayana traditions in Buddhism.

Date:
16th-18th February
Duration:
3 Day Course in January 2024
Mode:
Virtual Course using Zoom

Skills Gained:

  • History of Tantra in the Western Himalayas
  • Iconography and symbolism in Tantra
  • Tantra practices and traditions

Recommended For:

Recommended for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and just about anyone.

Dr. Sonali Gupta completed her Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles, in Egyptian Archaeology. She has a law degree and practiced criminal law. She has worked in archaeological projects in the US, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Sonali is an anthropological archaeologist and has directed international field schools in India under her projects “Myth and Reality” and “Materiality and Memory in the Kullu region of the Indian Himalayas, training students in archaeological and anthropological field methods. She has taught at UCLA, the National Museum, New Delhi, and the Himalayan Institute of Cultural & Heritage Studies (HICHS) of which she is the Founding Director.

Her core area of research is investigating and documenting cultural transmission of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She is currently a Cultural Resource Specialist with focus on Architectural History, Preservation, and Heritage law with a well known firm based in the US.

Teaching is her lifelong passion. She is confident that her instructional style transforms students placing them on the path of culture and heritage with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Indian Himalayas.

Tantra represents mysterious esoteric practices and literally means an ‘instrument to expand’. Learn about tantric traditions, their history and iconography as seen in the Western Himalayas. Learn about Shaiva and Shakta sects in Hinduism, and the Vajrayana traditions in Buddhism.

Date:
16th-18th February
Duration:
3 Day Course in January 2024
Mode:
Virtual Course using Zoom

Skills Gained:

  • History of Tantra in the Western Himalayas
  • Iconography and symbolism in Tantra
  • Tantra practices and traditions

Recommended For:

Recommended for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and just about anyone.

Dr. Sonali Gupta completed her Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles, in Egyptian Archaeology. She has a law degree and practiced criminal law. She has worked in archaeological projects in the US, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Sonali is an anthropological archaeologist and has directed international field schools in India under her projects “Myth and Reality” and “Materiality and Memory in the Kullu region of the Indian Himalayas, training students in archaeological and anthropological field methods. She has taught at UCLA, the National Museum, New Delhi, and the Himalayan Institute of Cultural & Heritage Studies (HICHS) of which she is the Founding Director.

Her core area of research is investigating and documenting cultural transmission of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She is currently a Cultural Resource Specialist with focus on Architectural History, Preservation, and Heritage law with a well known firm based in the US.

Teaching is her lifelong passion. She is confident that her instructional style transforms students placing them on the path of culture and heritage with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Indian Himalayas.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it a certificate course ?

Yes, you will get an e-certificate on completion of the course (during that month)

Will I be able to get a recording ?

You are strongly advised to attend the session in real time since participating in the exercises and group discussions is essential to a holistic understanding of the course. However, recordings can be made available for a limited time only for those participants who are able to supply valid reasons for their absence.

Is this course good for me ? I am a beginner.

Yes, this course is tailored for everyone.

What are the general timings of the course ?

The classes are typically scheduled in the evening according to Indian Standard Time. For those in other time zones, we arrange a mutually convenient time as a group before the classes begin.

How do I pay ? Form of payment ?

Indian applicants will be able to pay via a secure gateway provided by Razorpay. Foreign applicants will be able to pay via a secure gateway provided by Stripe.

Are you going to offer this course again?

Please keep checking the website. We may repeat it in due course.

Is this an online course ?

Yes, this is a virtual course with active engagement with students.

In case of a technical glitch, will the lesson be rescheduled ?

Yes, the lesson will be rescheduled