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When Courage Calls: the Heroine's Journey, the Hero's Flight with Dr Douglas Brooks

The ancient stories of India invite us to face the realities of the
everyday, small success, great achievements, ordinary failures, and
undeniable crimes.  None of us are spared when we look into the
characters and try to see ourselves in them all---for this is part of
the power of mythology, to imagine and empathize, to breach the
unreachable chasm of consciousness, history, and culture so that we
can peer with humility and respect into our shared humanity.  In this
seminar we will take up two stories of heroines and heroes in some
detail, the story of Shakuntala in both Mahabharata and the famous
dramatic rendition of Kalidasa, and the story of Damayanti and Nala
whose tale is for the ages.  These are not merely old stories from
long ago and far away, they are trenchant, helpful, and compelling
opportunities to engage mythology as a tool and method for a richer
understanding of light and shadow, of human nature and mortal life,
and of our highest aspirations and hopes for a better world.  No
previous experience or familiarity is assumed or required.  We'll tell
the stories and you will be able to make them your own.  Join the

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018: 10:30am-12:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018: 10:30am-12:30pm

Early Bird Price available on or before Oct. 27, 2018
Entire Weekend: $185 before 10/27, $200 after
Single class: $50 before 10/27, $55 after

Register Here

Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions.   He lived in India with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, for many years studying and practicing Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom, and the modern traditions of goddess-centered Tantra.  Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.