Philosophy: The Recognition Sutras

with Christopher Wallis (Hareesh) 

MADRID october 12 – 15

REQUIRED MODULE in the Advanced Teacher Training 300 h


What does it mean to truly recognize yourself, seeing your innate divinity and your connection to everything? This question is answered in the classic text of Tantrik Yoga, The Recognition Sutras (also known as The Splendor of Recognition). This spiritual masterpiece explores the nature of consciousness, suffering, the mind, and our conditioning, unerringly guiding us to awakening and liberation.

With a much-lauded PhD in Shaiva Tantra, the tradition from which The Recognition Sutras derives, Dr Hareesh Wallis is uniquely suited to guide yoga students in the study of this scripture. This course is a powerful opportunity to deepen into the study and practice of a text that distills the entire body of Tantrik Yoga.

This class is for anyone who wants to dig deeper into Tantrik Yoga philosophy and practices with a profoundly inspiring and practical teacher.

 Susana García Blanco will guide us in a daily yoga practice during this intensive

Christopher Wallis (Hareesh)

Christopher Wallis (Hareesh)

Scholar of yogic & tantrik traditions

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, was introduced  to Indian spirituality at the age of seven and initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at sixteen. His degrees include a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.

Hareesh is the Founder and Head Faculty of the Mattamayura Institute. His teachers, mentors, and gurus, in chronological order, include: Gurumayī Chidvilāsānandā (dīkṣā-guru and mūla-guru), Paul Muller-Ortega (Śaiva Tantra and Classical Yoga); Alexis Sanderson (Śaiva and Śākta Tantra and Sanskrit); Marshall Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication); Somadeva Vasudeva (Śaiva Tantra), Dharmabodhi Sarasvati (Tantrik Yoga); and Adyashanti (Meditation). Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition.

“Hareesh’s academic rigor, the level of his own spiritual development, his fiery passion for spreading this knowledge and his open heart is, quite simply, a recipe for mighty powerful transmission. My study with him has been a life altering experience; I cannot say enough about Hareesh Wallis’ awesome ability as a teacher and spiritual guide.”  


Module content

In the Immersion we received a brief introduction to some of the main concepts of non-dual Tantra, which provides a new and inspiring vision of practice/sadhana and daily life. Students love the philosophy, but the reality is that for many of us, it’s all new and difficult to retain or apply, and it’s not easy to continue our studies on our own.

In the 100-Hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training, we received an introduction to teaching asana with a class theme, which is one of the main elements of all Anusara yoga classes. Class themes are supported by the philosophy – the philosophy provides context and depth for the themes – but for many of us, teaching with a theme is a new skill (in some ways it can even be called an “art”), and since there’s not a lot of time to study and practice it in the Teacher Training, our themes can sometimes be rather superficial. (In one of the modules called “Teaching with a Theme” that will be offered in 2018, we will use the teachings from this text to work in the creation of inspiring and effective themes).

Now, in the Anusara 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training, we can go deeper into the teachings and the practice of non-dual Tantra philosophy. This required module in the area of Philosophy focuses entirely on the reading of one of the most respected primary texts of the high Tantra era: the Pratyabhijñāhṛdayam translated as the “Heart of Recognition” or “The Recognition Sutras”

Our main intentions for this module include:

  • To begin with a brief review of the history of non-dual Tantra, focusing on a few main concepts to help us understand this amazing text.
  • To study the main teachings of non-dual Tantra through this text, including the two main movements of Tantric thought: the inward and liberating current towards the center/Heart and the outward expansion of the Heart into daily life. One is an ascending current of awareness and the other is applying the expanded consciousness into all of our day to day experiences of life.
  • We’ll learn about some of the main Tantric practices, such as meditation, contemplation, expansion, recognition, remembrance, and moment-by-moment awareness/consciousness of our patterns of action and thought in daily life.

About our text:

The Pratyabhijñāhṛdayam is an early 11th century text written by Kshemaraja, the main student of Abhinavagupta, the premier sage of Kashmir Shaivism. This text’s 20 sutras present the essence of the Pratyabhijñā school of Tantra, while also offering an overview of the main teachings and practices of non-dual Tantra.

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REQUIRED ATT MODULE    36 credit hours



october 12-15 2017



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