Christmas Alumni Lecture
Dr Dawn H Collins
Becoming the Gods: Visualisation and Healing in Tibetan deity yoga
Wednesday 13th Dec 2023, 18.30 - 20.00 GMT/UT
This lecture will explore aspects of visualisation and healing practices found within Tibetan Tantric traditions of deity yoga, with particular focus on the deities Avalokiteśvara, Parṇaśavarī and Tārā. Some innovations and continuities between contemporary developments of these practices and their more ancient counterparts, rooted in ancient Tibetan religious traditions, will be examined through the lens of their use for healing.
The relationship of Tantric visualisation practices to waking life, dreamtime, and death processes will be discussed, identifying some ways in which they were employed by contemporary Tibetan Buddhist practitioners in response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The value of traditional practices in answering the urgent global call for healing will be explored.
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Dawn H Collins
Dawn Collins holds a PhD from Cardiff University focusing on Tibetan landscapes and ritual healing. She is a tutor on the MA Ecology and Spirituality and the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the Sophia Centre for Cosmology in Culture, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.She is a research Fellow of the Foro di Studi Avanzati Gaetano Massa (FSA), Rome, Italy (Gaetano Massa Research Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities) and works as a freelance editor, most notably, on the editorial team of 84,000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Her research is informed by her practice as a dance artist and as a practitioner of traditional massage therapies.