KARMA, FIVEFOLD YOGA, AND PUJA IN THE YOGABINDU

  • 31 Aug
    2019

    Yoga and Tantra

    Christopher Key Chapple

KARMA, FIVEFOLD YOGA, AND PUJA IN THE YOGABINDU

Image: Ladnun, Rajasthan

Haribhadra Virahanka (6th century C.E.) composed the Yogabindu as a time of great religious effervescence in the Gupta era. It espouses a simplified Jain interpretation of karma theory. It also advances a fivefold Yoga practice that begins with self-reflection (adhyatma, often translated today as spirituality), encourages cultivation of auspicious and ethical states of being (bhavana), leading to meditation (dhyana), culminating with an equanimity (samata) that cleanses and appeases life’s churning (vrittisankshaya). The text also presents an early Jain affirmation of the practices of ritual (puja) and chanting (japa).

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August 31, 2019

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Registrations will open on 31-Jul-2019

Christopher Key Chapple

Christopher Key Chapple

Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He has published more than twenty books, including Karma and Creativity (1986) and Yoga and the Luminous (2008). He serves as academic advisor to the International Summer School for Jain Studies (Delhi) and as editor for the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology (Brill).