Christopher P. Tompkins, MTS, MA, and PhD candidate is a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. He has three degrees in Religion and Sanskrit, including Masters Degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley. My research focuses on the ritualized practices of Hatha Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving Tantras - untranslated works that pre-date the later Hatha Yoga manuals by centuries. In 2012 I founded the Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project, which seeks to preserve and share the literal legacy of Kashmir Shaivism.
That year I returned from Srinagar, Kashmir with 12,500+ pages of scanned manuscripts from endangered texts belonging to the Tantric traditions of this region. Samples of these can be viewed here (work in progress).
To date, I've acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts spanning the vast range of Philosophy, Ritual and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition. A sample of these can be viewed here (Christopher lectures around the world in universities and Yoga centers on the history, philosophy and practices of Indian Yoga.
My Patreon PhD Writing Campaign: 'Tantric Origins of Kuṇḍalinī'
I'm currently raising funds through Patreon to support the writing and final editing of my doctoral dissertation which I plan to file in the Spring of 2018.
At it's essence, this work is for the yoga community, to enrich our understanding of history, lineage, and current evolution of practices today. I would be honored by your support, and honored to share discoveries with you from my years investigating the original Kundalini-based Yoga taught in the Tantras, most of which has been lost to the modern world.
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