The Yogasūtras of Patañjali Continued

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, Yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a fascinating philosophy that involves both Hindu and Buddhist thought. The course will guide the students through Part 2 of Pantañjali’s exposition. Part 1 concentrated on the theory behind Yoga. Part 2 will look at the application of the practice of Yoga as meditation. Students need not have done Part 1 to enrol in Part 2.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Week 1: A review of Chapter 1 of the sutras. The nature of the spiritual and material world. The different stages in the meditative process before achieving samādhi. An introduction to Chapter 2 of the Yogasutras.
  • Week 2: A study of Chapter 2 sutras 1-5. We will look at the Yoga of action known as kriyā yoga. This was intended for people who performed their duties in society, rather than the more strict ascetic practice of full enlightenment.
  • WeeK 3: Students will move on to examining the role of the ego and the afflictions it creates. These afflictions known as kleśas mentioned in Part 1, will be examined more fully.
  • Week 4: An examination of sutras 7-9. The idea of attachment and how to achieve dispassion is important even in the Yoga of action. The question will be asked how do we arrive at non-attachment even while living our lives.
  • Week 5: Sutras 10- 15 The dissolution of the mind (citta). This is a very complex process involving the different aspects of mental activities and its relationship to duḥkha (suffering)
  • Week 6: A further foray into the material nature of the world (the guṇas) and how the guṇas affect us. An overview of the meditative process so far, including what the students learned in Part 2 and what a brief survey of what follows in Chapter 3 and 4 of the Yogasutras.
$192 Limited / $173

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05 Nov

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