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Bringing Tantra into Western Practice
Sam Webster, Author of Tantric Thelema and founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn
Original Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Tantra is at its core a method for invocation of Wisdom Beings such as Buddhas and Deities. The West is long out of practice with the invocation of and transformation into the Divine Ones, except in certain marginal communities. Sam Webster is a Golden Dawn adept who has spent the last two decades practicing Tantra and using it to revivify western Theurgic practice. Blending methods of invocation, non-dual consciousness, and the cultivation of ecstasy, Sam will discuss the theory and explain the practices that can deeply empower and transform any meditation or ritual practice in the West.
Sam Webster, PhD, M.Div., Mage, hails from the Bay Area and has taught magick publicly since 1984. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1993. He earned his doctorate at the University of Bristol, UK, studying Pagan history under Prof. Ronald Hutton. He is an Adept of the Golden Dawn, a cofounder of the Chthonic-Ouranian Templar order, and an initiate of Wiccan, Druidic, Buddhist, Hindu and Masonic traditions. His work has been published in journals such as Green Egg and Gnosis, and he writes the "At the Herm" blog on Patheos. In 2010 his first book Tantric Thelema was published, establishing the publishing house Concrescent Press (http://Concrescent.net). In 2001 he founded the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn (http://OSOGD.org), in 2013 he founded the Pantheon Foundation (http://PantheonFoundation.org/). Sam serves the Pagan community as a priest of Hermes.