Guru's Grace 

Traditional Teachings without the Trappings 

 

 

Why is the student-teacher relationship so crucial to Indian Wisdom Traditions?

 

How you successfully study/teach traditional Indian Wisdom Teachings in the West? 


How do you steer clear of the trappings of tradition while still respecting it?


There are so many teachers out there claiming to offer authentic Indian Wisdom, whether in yoga, philosophy, spirituality. Are they qualified to do so?
How do students know what to look for, and what to look out for? How do they navigate issues of cultural appropriation while answering the call to learn and teach ancient Indian wisdom?

What elements of the traditional ancient Indian student-teacher relationship (paramparā) must we maintain to receive wisdom teachings? What do we need to modify in our modern times?

This course teaches serious Indian wisdom students to engage tradition and traditional teachings while steering clear of the trappings of tradition, and  skillfully navigating issues of cultural appropriation.

Study with renown teacher Dr Raj Balkaran who has advanced academic training and advanced spiritual training. Learn from his vast experience with a variety of healthy student-teacher relationships, from apprenticing with his own master, to teaching a variety of students. 

Learn how to recognize and make the most of authentic teachers.  Also learn how tp spot pretenders, and engage tradition in a grounded manner.


Classes include

  • academic content
  • live storytelling
  • esoteric wisdom teachings
  • examples and case studies 
  • personal experiences

 
Learning Outcomes 

  • The traditional Indian vision of student-teacher relationships.
  • The imperative of Guru’s Grace for certain levels of transmission.
  • The virtues, and pitfalls, of being in a traditional student-teacher relationship.
  • Modifications required to make this relationship work in our modern world.
  • Different kinds of student-teacher relationships.
  • Insights on how to make the most of authentic teachers.
  • Tips on spotting and steering clear of toxic teachers.
  • Tools for successfully navigating issues of cultural appropriation.
  • Tools for learning and teaching Indian wisdom in a grounded way.

Course Outline

Lifetime Access to Videos

Class 1: Jan 14, 2022
Traditional Transmission

Class 2: Jan 21, 2022
Modern Trappings

Class 3: Jan 28, 2022
Toxic Teachers

Class 4: Feb 4, 2021
Teachings without Trappings

 

Live Zoom Tutorials 

Optional. Recorded, if you can't make it live. 

Tutorial 1
Monday, Jan 17, 2022 | 2pm EST

Tutorial 2
Monday, Jan 24, 2022 | 2pm EST

Tutorial 3
Monday, Jan 31, 2022 | 2pm EST

Tutorial 4
Monday, Feb 7, 2022 | 2pm EST

Week I
Traditional Transmission

What does a qualified teacher look like? A proper student?

Learn what traditional student-teacher transmission looks like and
why it is the bedrock of Indian wisdom traditions. 

We will look at verses from the Guru Gītā (you'll have access to Dr Balkaran's nee translation of the text).

 

Week 2
Modern Trappings  

Can the traditional student-teacher relationship function in the modern Western world?

Learn the reasons why it breaks down, and what to watch for.

Week 3
Toxic Teachers

What warning signs are there that a teacher may be inauthentic or toxic?

How does one detox from such a path once sucked in?

Learn strategies for protecting yourself from such situations.

Week 4
Teachings without Trappings  

What are the different types of Indian wisdom teachers?

How do you go about finding one that suits your needs?

Learn to share teachings yourself in a respectful and appropriate manner, 
successfully navigating issues of cultural appropriation.


 

Course Instructor 

Dr. Raj Balkaran is an expert in Indian traditions. Skilled at applying ancient Indian teachings to modern life, he dovetails academic training, live storytelling, and life wisdom to nourish his students’ hearts and minds alike.

He is also an avid spiritual practitioner and initiate into ancient Indian wisdom practices, which he has been engaged in for nearly two decades. He has literally done thousands of hours of mantra practice.

He has extensive experience teaching academics, continuing studies learners, and practitioners alike, and is a seasoned online educator who also teaches at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Yogic Studies, and Embodied Philosophy.

See https://rajbalkaran.com for more information. 

Questions about this course?
Contact him directly at [email protected]

 

One-Time Payment

$197

Lifetime Access

  • 4 60-minute Lecture Video Recordings
  • 4 60-minute Lecture Audio Recordings
  • 4 60-minute Live Zoom Q&A sessions
  • PDF of Readings
  • Access the School’s Online Community Forum
  • Access to Dr. Raj Balkaran for all questions
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit 
  • 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee
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Two Monthly Payments

$99 X 2

Lifetime Access

  • 4 60-minute Lecture Video Recordings
  • 4 60-minute Lecture Audio Recordings 
  • 4 60-minute Live Zoom Q&A sessions
  • PDF of Readings
  • Access the School’s Online Community Forum
  • Access to Dr. Raj Balkaran for all questions
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit 
  • 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee
ENROLL NOW