Seminar / 30 h / 4 ECTS / winter semester Coordinator: Robert Czyżykowski
The course is an introduction into the topic of the embodiment in the Indian Tantric traditions. The participants of the course will be acquainted with the topics covering the genesis, historical development, social institutions, initiation rituals and esoteric aspects of Tantric tradition in various contexts relating to the main topic of the embodiment. Tantric tradition underlines the concept of deliverance through the body. Special interests will enjoy the area of the various methods of Tantric Yoga where the human body is a vehicle in realizing the soteriological and other goals. A dominant part of the course is covered by the most prominent Tantric traditions, namely Vaishnava, Śaiva and Śakta with some introduction to the Buddhist Tantric tradition. After completing the course students will be able to integrate and evaluate the basic knowledge about Tantric groups in India and to a limited degree outside India. Students will gain awareness of the proposed methodologies for studying such religious phenomena.