Workshop on Kashmir Shaivism conducted by Ishwar Ashram Trust
(Kashmir Shaiva Institute)
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Past Workshops

  1. Shiva Sutras - The Supreme Awakening and its Commentarial Tradition (First Awakening): (27th July to 29th July 2018) - Bangalore
  2. Varsh Program and Symposium on Kashmir Shaivism: Wed, 9th May, 2018
  3. Spanda Karika (in the light of Spanda Nirnaya and Spanda Sandoha) (3th Dec 2017- 9th Dec 2017)
  4. Seminar Kashmir Shaivism 4th and 5th November 2017 at Jammu
  5. Seminar on Kashmir Shaivism at Srinagar, Kashmir from 15th to 17th September 2017
  6. Seminar in Kashmir Shaivism- IAT Bangalore - 22nd April 2017
  7. Shiva Sutras - The Supreme Awakening and its commentarial Tradition (Second and Third awakening) (4th Dec, 2016 to 10th Dec 2016)
  8. Kashmir Shaivism Workshop (Srinagar, Kashmir) 13th June to 19th June, 2016
  9. Acharya Abhinavagupta: Bhagavad Gita in the light of Kashmir Shaivism Monday 9th May, 2016
  10. Ishwar Ashram Trust opens a new centre at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
  11. 3rd Introductory Course in Kashmir Shaivism : Shiv Sutras and their commentarial tradition - First Awakening - 29th November 2015 to 5th December 2015
  13. Bodhpanchadashika by Abhinavagupta- A symposium (Saturday , 9th May 2015)
  14. Seminar in Kurukshetra
  15. Evening Symposium on Kashmir Shaivism with Dr Rafelle Torella, September 2013
  16. Two day workshop on Kashmir Shaivism at Srinagar , 2013
  17. 2nd Introductory Course in Kashmir Shaivism on the text of Paramarthasara by Abhinavagupta
  18. 1st Introductory Course in Kashmir Shaivism from 1st December to 7th December 2013

1st Introductory Course in Kashmir Shaivism from 1st December to 7th December 2013
(1st Dec. 2013- 7th Dec. 2013)
The Kashmir Shaiva Institute (Ishwar Ashram Trust) founded by Shaivacharya Lakshmanjoo Maharaj recently organised the Ist Introductory Course in Kashmir Shaivism from 1st December to 7th December 2013. Overall Guidance for workshop was done by Prof Navjeevan Rastogi from Lucknow and included inputs from scholars such as Dr S S Toshkhani and Prof M L Kukiloo. At the inaugural day of the workshop, scholars including Dr Rajneesh Mishra, Dr Meera Rastogi and Prof M L Kukiloo spoke about the contribution of Swami Lakshmanjoo Maharaj to Kashmir Shaivism. A Bhajan evening was organised to mark the occasion. Renowned singers included Sh Gautamji and Mrs Anjali Kaul.

The one week workshop on Kashmir Shaivism had the components of Audio/Video lectures by His Holiness Shaivacharya Swami Lakshmanjoo Maharaj, Didactic lectures by learned scholars of Kashmir Shaivism, Meditation sessions , Physical Yoga sessions, Group Discussions (with faculty members) and Library sessions.

Four students were selected for attending this workshop. The selection was done by the learned faculty members. The students remained in the ashram premises during the entire duration of this residential workshop. In addition, devotees of Swamiji too attended these lectures on various days.

The texts that were studied in the course were 1) Principles and Practice in Kashmir Shaivism- by Swami Lakshmanjoo 2) Kashmir Shaivism- The Secret Supreme - By Swami Lakshmanjoo 3) Supportive Kashmir Shaiva Texts as determined by the learned faculty for their respective sessions.

Dr Meera Rastogi from Lucknow took the lectures on Major Thought Systems in Kashmir (Shaivism, Shatka, Buddhism, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Kavya and Kavyashastra) and the History of Kashmir Shaivism / Birth of the Tantras: Concept, Texts and Systems

Dr Rajneesh Mishra from JNU, New Delhi took the class on Schools of Thought in Kashmir Shaivism. He also took classes on Tattvas (Elements) and The Explanation of Upayas.

Prof M L Kukiloo from the Ishwar Ashram Trust took the lecture on Meditation including its general concepts and prerequisites. He also took classes on The Theory of Image and Counter-Image Reflection (Bimba-Pratibimbavada) and States and Processes of Seven Perceivers.

Dr Shruti Rai from JNU, New Delhi taught the topic of The Theory of the Alphabet (Matrikachakra). Dr M H Zafar from JNU, New Delhi taught the topic of Impurities (Malas).

The workshop ended on 7th December 2013 with paper presentation by students. The papers of all the students were highly appreciated by the faculty members and it was decided to publish them in the upcoming issue of the journal "Malini". This was followed by presentation of certificates to all the students and felicitation of the faculty of the workshop.