The Mandala of the Five Elements 

8 and 9 April 2017
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm
Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire
£95  incl. audio recordings of the complete course

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From the point of view of the Tantric path of meditation, all of our emotions and states of mind are closely related to aspects of our natural world, which are known in the teachings as air, earth, fire, water and space. Tantra says that if we can connect with these basic and natural elements around us, then we can learn how to embody their wisdom:
  •  The winds teach us how to act with confidence and trust.
  •  The waters teach us adaptability, clarity and insight.
  •  The earth teaches us about stability, abundance and security. 
  •   Fire teaches us about compassion, belonging and inter-connectedness. 
  •  Space teaches us how to encompass the whole, how to embody primordial wisdom and intelligence. 
'Mandala' means a blueprint or system. The mandala of the five elements is therefore a complete system of practices for emotional healing and transformation, through working with the natural forces of wisdom inherent in the universe and therefore in ourselves. 
In working with the mandala we learn how to embody the wisdoms of nature, and we heal our afflicted emotional states. We learn how to harness the energy of our troubled emotions and transmute them into positive emotion and into awakened states of mind, such as awareness, wisdom and compassion.
The mandala gives us a way to understand, and to navigate, our emotional lives. If we can understand the root causes of our fears and our troublesome emotions, we are able to transcend them.  In the mandala each element corresponds to particular emotions and mind states, both those we find troublesome and those we consider positive. Each element is also connected with particular aspects of nature, certain colours and sounds, and aspects of the human body. For example, the air element is connected with the afflicted emotions of anxiety and jealousy and with the positive emotions of confidence and joy; with the winds and the forests; with the colour green; and in the human body with the lungs and the muscles. In its liberated expression the air is  about acting with skill, joy, spontaneity and expansion, all represented by these various associations.
All of the elements play together in our minds and emotions, supporting each other either in creating more and more conflict, or in freeing us from negative cycles. So the mandala is a complete and comprehensive map of the mind and emotions; we can use it to liberate our own obstructed and habitual mind states, and to harness the natural energy, creativity and wisdom of a mind free from conflict and negativity.
During the course we will study the mandala and explore the theory of mind and emotion from the Tantric point of view. We will learn practices for working with each of the elements, using visualisation, inner sound, and mindfulness. We will learn how the elements, like our emotions, interplay with each other. 
There will be several sittings of practice during the day, as well as teaching on the mandala. Whenever the weather allows we will also be outdoors and practise amongst the elements.
The mandala teachings can be found in the Tibetan Tantric tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism and in Hindu Tantric traditions. Zeenat will teach from the perspective of the Kaula Yogini Nath tradition, an ancient Indian lineage which thrives today and dates back to at least the 10th century.  She has been authorised to teach the practices and continues to study closely under the tutelage of lineage holder and yogini adept Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati.
COURSE REQUREMENTS: This course is suitable for those with at least a year’s previous experience of meditation, yoga or a related personal development discipline.