Witches and Dakinis
with John Reynolds
Comparing the dark feminine between Christian and Tibetan tantric traditions
Thursday 1 December 2016 6:30-8PM
This fascinating evening talk will explore the similarities in practice between Wicca and Western Ceremonial Magick and that of the Higher Tantras in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. In particular, the connections between the archetypes of the dark feminine of the witch in the Western tradition of Christianity and the Dakinis in the tantric tradition of Tibet will be examined. The Dakini represents all those aspects of the feminine that are outside and beyond the control of male dominated patriarchal society and culture, whether in the religious or secular context.
Free entry but limited spaces. Donations welcome. Suggested Donation £5
Venue : Lekdanling, Unit B, 14 Collent Street, Hackney, London E9 6SG
John Reynolds (Lama Vajranatha), formerly a lecturer in Comparative Religion in the U.S., is a renowned translator and author. He lived for 10 years in Hindu Ashrams and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India and Nepal and researched and practiced meditation methods in several different traditions, focusing especially on Dzogchen. In 1974 he received ordination as a Ngakpa tantric lama in the Nyingma tradition from HH Dudjom Rinpoche and since then he has widely taught in Europe and America. He also holds ordination as a high priest in the Gardnerian tradition in the West. His published works include: The Golden Letters, Self Liberation, Cycle of Day and Night, Oral Tradition of Zhang Zhung, Precepts of Dharmakaya, Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings, and the Practice of Dzogchen in the Zhang Zhung Tradition of Tibet.