09. Demystifying Tantra with Dr. Sravana Borkataky Varma

Season #4

This conversation with Dr. Sravana Borkataky Varma demystifies Tantra. Sravana is a historian, educator and social entrepreneur, currently working as a Lecturer at Harvard University and at University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where she teaches introductory courses on World Religion and higher level courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Religion and Film and the History of Yoga. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit, Lumen Tree Portal. Sravana invests in building communities with individuals from various faith backgrounds who believe in kindness, compassion and fulfillment.

In this conversation Anjali and Dr. Sravana Borkataky Varma discuss:

  • Dr. Sravana Borkataky Varma’s initiation into a Sakta Tantra lineage in Kamakhya, India and her journey as a scholar-practitioner-professor of Religious Studies

  • The definition and fundamental elements of Tantra

  • Dominant narratives of Tantra and cultural appropriation

  • Recommendations for modern practitioners and students who want to study Tantra

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