Yoga Philosopy 2020, Part 2

Nov 15, 2020

Part 2: Esotericism and Love (400 AC to 2020)

Travel from prevedic times till tomorrow in two morning workshops! An aerial overview of Indian philosophy. Please bring and attach your seat belt. There may be zones of turbulence in your belief systems!


The two most important developments in yoga— as it reaches its mature complexities—are Tantra and Bhakti, that is, the esoteric and devotionals traditions. We’ll create a chronology, as far as that is possible, but more importantly map out ideas, values, and practices. How do medita- tion, ritual practices, and other matters involving body, mind, and spirit develop and diversify? How do these traditions lead us to modernity? Let’s discuss women’s traditions, storytelling, temple traditions, and the evolution of practices such as mantra, mudra, and alchemy. Where do these ideas and values connect to our contemporary practices?

Dr. Brooks’ lectures have been very influential in the way I see and experience the world of yoga and the world as a whole. His insights into spiritual life— the very essence of religion—and his refined use of semantics and metaphors help me to grasp, in a non-dogmatic way, the classical and tantric currents of Indian philosophy. This a must for any serious (and not so serious) yoga student.

—FRANÇOIS RAOULT, Director of Open Sky Yoga

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Douglas Brooks, Phd.

Douglas is a professor of religion and chair of Asian Studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. One of the world’s leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism, he earned his doctoral degree from Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions. In addition, he lived for many years with his Guru in India, receiving a classical Sanskrit education.

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Option Fee
Part 2: Esotericism and Love $60
Parts 1 & 2 $108