Earth and Sky: The Sacred Feminine in Shamanic and Buddhist Practice

April 26-28, 2019
Friday, April 26: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 27: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 28: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The expression of the great feminine has been found in the art, mythologies and spiritual practices of many cultures and spiritual traditions around the world. It is often represented in the form of female deities and goddesses who are revered for their creative and nurturing power.

In Buddhist philosophy, there are many forms of the sacred feminine. The most well-known is Tara. She is considered to be the mother of all Buddhas – a deity of love, compassion, nurturance, and longevity. If we consider what it means to be the mother of all the Buddhas, the awakened ones, on a symbolic level, we quickly perceive that the awakened state is understood to emerge out of the generative power of the great feminine in Buddhist philosophy. The import of this vision cannot be overstated. It means that the immense wisdom and teachings relative to the evolution of consciousness in the Buddhist tradition is generated and mediated by the power of the great feminine. This is a tradition that has cultivated and elucidated many aspects of this knowledge for thousands of years.

We also have much to learn about the sacred feminine in exploring cultures which have the practice of shamanism as their primary spiritual practice. The earth, often characterized as the great mother, in these cultures provides the context and framework for social organization and spiritual inspiration. We will explore the ways in which the practices of the shaman – the shamanic journey, ceremony, divination, healing and meditation – are informed by the teachings of the earth.

We will explore how each tradition accesses the power of the sacred feminine and learn how to work with these technologies to deepen our understanding of this wisdom. We will work with deity meditation practices to connect with the sacred feminine through Buddhism and we will learn how the shamanic journey can help us bring the wisdom of the earth into our everyday lives.

Robert AF Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; & Anger by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words. For more information about Robert AF Thurman please visit bobthurman.com.

Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. is the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, CA. Isa is also the creator of the spiritual counseling model, Depth Hypnosis, and author of two books, Coming to Peace and Return to the Great Mother. In addition to her teaching schedule that includes teaching classes in Applied Buddhist Psychology, Applied Shamanism, Integrated Energy Medicine and Depth Hypnosis, she has active practices in Depth Hypnosis and Applied Shamanic Counseling in San Francisco, CA. For more information please see isagucciardi.org.

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