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living the pratyabhijñahrdayam : a virtual study group

Meets online Thursdays 2-4PM EDT, every other week for 14 weeks. Begins June 4. FULL. Please email to be added to the waiting list.
cost: $ 325 If you cannot afford the rate, please contact Kathleen at
"Both personal and non-personal, both immanent and transcendent, both universal and particular, The Heart of Being is none other than Our Own. And it is this identity that the Pratyabhijñahrdayam invites us to recognize as we move toward living the text." - Joan Ruvinsky, The Recognition of Our Own Heart," p. 15-16

The 11th c. Pratyabhijñahrdayam, a primary text of Kashmir Shaivism, is the one I return to over and over, as it has helped me to make sense of what we all question in some way: our meaning, purpose, and longing for Truth. At only 20 verses, it is arguably the most accessible text of the tradition and it is extraordinarily relevant to our contemporary lives, particularly during this dramatic re-shifting of our world.

Ultimately, the study of a text is the study of ourselves. This will be our approach — we will “interact” with the verses, discuss how they relate to our lives, situate them in the philosophy of Self-recognition in Kashmir Shaivism and explore various practices that deepen our understanding.

We will be using the translations and commentaries of six contemporary teachers, including Joan Ruvinsky’s The Recognition of Our Own Heart.

All that is required to participate is an interest in Consciousness in its play as ourselves and a willingness to commit to an extended period of engagement with the text.

The group will meet on these days:

June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16
(note that July 30 is missing and that the “every other” week shifts by one week here)
Aug 6, Aug 20, Sept 3, Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 10
(note also that Nov 26 is American Thanksgiving – oops. We’ll figure out an alternate time to meet that week.)

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