Traditionally, the manifest universe is understood to be made up of five great elements, the pañcamahābhūta-s. These elements are earth, water, fire, wind, and space, and they are understood as principles and energies of reality, not just static physical matter. For example, each element correlates to each of our five senses, shaping our mental and emotional processes as much as our physical ones.
The 5-elements yantra is a sacred geometric form that expresses the energies of these powers. It is used as a tool for meditation, healing, and purification of the subtle body. Skillful practice with this yantra supports the natural balance of these elements in our being.
Bhūta-śuddhi is a simple purification practice that is a classic preliminary act seen in many spiritual traditions, usually during meditation and pūjā (ritual worship). This practice harmonizes the five elements and cultivates an experience of radiant well-being. It utilizes visualizations of the five geometric forms seen in this yantra.
As we draw, paint, and meditate on the shapes and colors of each element, we are purifying and balancing the corresponding aspect of our own subtle body. Making the yantra ourselves is a heightened version of the bhūta-śuddhi practice.
In this course, every student will construct their own yantra from start to finish using simple art techniques. Each week, we will also dive deep into one of the elements, exploring its physical and subtle manifestations in our beings. This course is suitable for all levels, and no prior dharma training or art experience is required.
Through this process, we will make our own piece of traditional sacred art in a ritual and meditative manner. We will learn how to use it in conjunction with mantra and meditation practice. Most importantly, we will experience firsthand the profound relationship between visual dharma art and internal spiritual practice.
Each session of the course is limited to 18 students. Classes are 1-hour each week and held online. There are also weekly home practice exercises (about 30 minutes).
To take classes, you will need a webcam, microphone, and a stable internet connection. Recordings will be available after each class.
Students can bring their own art materials or purchase a course materials kit separately.
Tuition for 7-Week Series: $140
August 18th – September 29th, 2019 on Sundays from 10AM-11AM PST
This course is open to all levels, and is a required prerequisite for all intermediate and advanced classes.
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