Love, Lust, and Ecstasy: Yoga for a 21st Century Life.
April 29-May 1, 2016
As we consider the wisdom of India’s storied past and look to understand history’s lessons, perhaps the more compelling question is why we—centuries apart and worlds away—might be moved to care. What does yoga have to offer us as 21st century seekers, critics, and citizens? What key values, concepts, practices and teachings are relevant to our lives as householders, as beings “engaged ” deeply with life? In this seminar we’ll take these questions to heart and apply our most sympathetic and critical understanding. We’ll ask ourselves about the role of lust—for passions, for every day life, for our truest aspirations. We will study the yoga tradition’s most tried and test teachings. We’ll even ask what it might mean to experience ecstasy in ways that draw us more deeply into relationships. Our sources come from story telling traditions, philosophy, and practices including asana, meditation, ritual, and good conversation. Join us, all you need bring is an open mind and a willing heart.
Teachers and students interested in Yoga Philosophy will not want to miss this weekend!
Douglas Brooks is a scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. He lived in India in the home of his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, Professor of Sanskrit at Madurai-Kamaraj University where he also held a visiting fellowship as a Fulbright Scholar. Currently Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, he holds both Masters and his doctoral degrees from Harvard University.