Several religious traditions, including some streams of Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam, among others, have addressed the intersections between spirituality and worldly justice. Given Tantra’s focus on radical transformation and liberation, we ask how the practices and tools of expanding consciousness and conscious relating are applicable to political activism in the various forms that may take.
One of the root beauties of tantra is the pairing of consciousness and active creation: its world-building nature amidst a deep desire to see and experience reality as it is. What connections and awarenesses guide the worlds we see and the worlds we are building? What forces - individual and communal - expand or limit these?
Tantra - by drawing our attention to the false values, beliefs, and limitations of communal connection that may have been imposed on us over our lives, especially in the contexts of modernity - can offer expanded ways of seeing and restoring what has been masked, taken, or forgotten, including our profound capacities for purposeful action in the world.
In this Satsang, our discussion and embodied practices and exercises will build upon these three questions:
- What communities or collectives do we embody, and what embodied energies feel most awake in relation to those?
- To what extent can our embodied energies, including compassion, anger, hope, fear, and the erotic, along with our capacity for conscious relating, be strengthened and channeled? How can these counter the social forces of unacknowledged privilege, ignorance, exploitation, and internalized oppression that can lead to violence and complicity, on the one hand, and naivete, passivity, disillusionment, cynicism, and apathy, on the other?
- To what extent can we forge and/or reclaim a consciousness that is also attuned to our capacities and responsibilities in challenging and not reproducing abusive and exploitative power relations (social, political, economic; in and among communities in local, national, and global contexts)?
Our exploration here is not designed to dictate any particular mode of inquiry or action, nor to impose any specific political vision or form of activism, but rather to explore the relationship between tantric practice, awareness, and activism broadly on behalf of a vibrant and just world.
Maureen & Vivek
Each week we hold Satsang - "gathering together to share truth" – at the Seattle Tantra Community in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle. We’ll begin with some personal practice (movement, meditation, mantra), share a teaching and discussion on a topic of Tantra, and conclude with a circle connecting with other community members celebrating the divine within each other.
10:00 - Brief intro to tantra for newcomers; introductions.
10:10 - Asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation
10:50 - Teaching & Discussion
11:30 - Puja
What is a "Satsang"?
In tantra, a satsang is a gathering of spiritual people for the purpose of sharing practice and wisdom.
How much does this cost?
Satsang is offered on a donation basis. We offer the guidance of $20-$30 to help sustain the community.
Who is this for?
Our satsang is suitable for beginning and experienced tantric practitioners interested in the full range of tantric teaching, including meditation, breath, visualization, yoga, diet, philosophy, and sexuality.
Satsang is open to absolutely all genders, ethnic backgrounds, levels of fitness, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual framework. No experience is assumed. Drop in visits are welcome.
Note: Currently STC has limited ADA accessibility. Our practice and meeting space has no stairs and is wheelchair accessible. However, our bathroom currently does not fit a wheelchair. (We are hoping to remedy this in early 2019). We will do our best to accommodate the physical needs of all bodies. If you have questions or concerns about your accessibility in our space, please contact [masked].