YS 129 | Abhinavagupta: The Art of Nonduality

July 22 - August 16, 2024


Course Description

Recognized as one of the greatest luminaries of premodern India, Abhinavagupta was a revered teacher of tantric traditions devoted to ƚiva and affiliated Goddesses. But his contributions as a Sanskrit author go well beyond esoteric ƚaivism. He was also a literary theorist, a savant of music and theater, a formidable student of Buddhist philosophy, and an author of devotional hymns—works of great artistic imagination and penetrating insight. The resumĂ© goes on.

This course is an introduction to this great master and towering intellectual figure. It will also endeavor to make accessible the sophistication and nuance of his philosophy and visionary teachings. In addition to encountering Abhinavagupta, we will also become intimate with his world—the medieval landscape of Kashmir, which witnessed a rare efflorescence of literary and religious culture.

Course Preview

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Course Modules

Course Structure

  • 4 pre-recorded Lectures (90 min each)
  • Lectures will release at the beginning of each week, and students can view them anytime thereafter.
  • Each Module also includes: recommended weekly readings and a quiz.
  • 4 Live Q&A Sessions (90 min)
    • Fridays @ 10:00-11:30am Pacific Time (California)
    • July 26, August 2, 9, 16
  • All live sessions will take place via Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing. 

Students Will Receive: 

  • 4 Pre-recorded Video + Audio lectures (90 min)
  • 4 Live Q&A sessions (90 min)
  • 4 ACP Credits
  • 12 Hours of CE credit with YA
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)
  • Weekly Readings (PDF)
  • 4 Multiple Choice Quizzes
  • Yogic Studies Certificate (PDF)
  • Access to the private Community Forum

Dr. Ben Williams

Assistant Professor, Naropa University

Ben Williams is an intellectual historian focused on Indian religions and the history of ƚaiva tantra. He has received extensive training in Indian philosophy, literature, and aesthetics in Sanskrit sources. Ben received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Vermont, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and completed his PhD in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He is an Assistant Professor of Hinduism at Naropa University, and currently serves as the program lead of Naropa's MA program in Yoga Studies. Current projects include a monograph on Abhinavagupta as well as two collaborative translations, which are also book-length projects.

Course begins soon! 

YS 129 begins July 22nd.









Enrollment is OPEN

Regular Tuition


One-Time Payment

  • Lifetime access to YS 129

Regular Tuition

$88 x 2

Two Monthly Payments

  • Lifetime access to YS 129

Membership Program


Monthly Subscription

  • Access to YS 129
  • Access to all YS + BS courses—including live and future courses 

  • Access to SKT 100a + SKT 100b

  • Access to YS Book Club

This course is eligible for 12 hours of Continued Education (CE) credits with Yoga Alliance

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