Saturday, December 1, 2018
12pm – 5pm
The Meditation Practice of Trailokya Sammelana
“The Confluence of the Three Worlds”
It is a south Indian tradition of Shrividya, the goddess tradition of Auspicious Wisdom, to create “confluence,” “commingling,” a process of combining powers to create something more, something even greater. We call that process in Sanskrit “sammelana.” To turn this teaching into practice the focus becomes mantra, particularly the combining of two or more mantras into a composite, a “new” third reality. In short, one plus one makes three and from within the mantra we are able to extrapolate the teaching as if the mantra were a seed, a kind of zip-file that can be opened into ideas, values, stories, and inner contemplative experiences. There are dozens of these sammelana mantras as forms of teaching and practice. My teacher was particularly fond of the Trailokya Sammelana---the Confluence of the Three Worlds---which combines the root mantra of Rudra-Shiva and combines it with the root mantra of Shiva Nataraja. Together they represent the Three Worlds. What does that mean? While it is more often the case that sammelana mantras combine Shakti and Shiva, this practice emphasizes a notion of a “third and more” sense of identity, pushing past simple gender binaries, and looking into a more complex sense of both-and-more.
In this teaching we will learn the teaching that lies at the core of this sammelana and the mantra, the meditation, and practice that manifests it. The key to understanding is that this visionary practice excavates and identifies one’s own experience as the “deities.” You are every character in the story. But what does that mean? What does this teach us? How can this teaching help us understand our everyday lives and our human condition? This is the focus of our learning. Join us. Become the Confluence of the Three Worlds.
Worksheets/handouts will be provided. Bring a notebook and wear comfortable clothes to sit for meditation and conversation. Yoga props are available in the studio; you won’t need a yoga mat.
The Mazé Method workshops are held all over the world. These programs are for dedicated students who want to explore postures in a meaningful, refined, methodical way and learn practical strategies for building strength, flexibility and focus. We provide the attention you need to help you achieve your personal goals in your physical practice. Morning asana sessions tend to be upbeat, with an emphasis on standing postures, backbends, arm balances and vinyasa flow. We turn inward as the sun wanes to forward bends, inversions and restorative postures. At lunch or break times you explore the city and all of its diversity of food and culture. Because of the progressive nature of longer practice sessions with specific focal points, attendance at all sessions is suggested. In special cases, partial attendance may be possible. You will leave with a deeper, more expansive practice, and know how best to grow in the context of your own limits and boundaries.
Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, for many years studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
Noah has studied extensively with Douglas Brooks for over 20 years, they teach together whenever possible, and it is one of Noah’s greatest honors to host his friend and teacher at his home studio.
“I would definitely recommend this program, and I already have. It was top notch in quality and quantity of material, as well as in support and openness and communication. Noah’s unique experience has produced an unparalleled leader, facilitator, and guide. Lessons learned in our training modules have extended far beyond the scope of yoga into life and relating to others in a more effective manner. I received SO MUCH, This training goes above and beyond for any student wanting to deepen their skills, gain confidence, and reach a new level of mastery in yoga.”
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