Tantra: A New Understanding

Understanding Tantra

The Sanskrit word ‘tantra’ refers to texts regarded as revelation from God (Śiva at first) that arose in the early medieval period. This new religion spread quickly and attracted the patronage of kings, spreading to South-East Asia and even into China and Japan.

Tantra has attracted wide interest over many centuries. Some have criticised it as immoral, while others have hailed it as life-affirming and liberating. We have decided to let you make your own choice by offering Tantra courses that explore these ancient texts in great detail, with support from leading academics in the area.

The Indologist Monier-Williams, famous for his Sanskrit-English dictionary, said that the Tantras are ‘mere manuals of mystics, magic, and superstition of the worst and most silly kind,’ while the twentieth century guru Osho said that it was an experience beyond words. To this day, Tantric traditions thrive in India and Nepal and we will trace their development into the modern world.

In this Tantra course, we reflect on what the Tantric traditions are, their origin, formation, core texts and practices, and what they mean for us today. As with all of our online courses, you’ll be supported on this Tantra course by an expert in the field. For more information on the course outline, continue reading below for a full breakdown.

This course is prepared by Prof. Gavin Flood, FBA, OCHS Academic Director, and author of The Tantric Body.

Start Date: 17 July 2022

Course Duration: Seven Weeks

Optional Assessment: Essay

Tutor: Prof. Gavin Flood

Course Creator: Prof. Gavin Flood

200 pages

4hr 8min

Five Zoom sessions on various topics. Meet tutors and students from other courses and explore other areas of Hindu studies. Recordings available.

Pathway(s): Hindu Traditions, Sacred Texts