The Path of Yoga: Ancient Teachings on Mind and Enlightenment, with Paul Sherbow

Northeast USA  

October 26, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.
When this is accomplished, the self dwells in its own true nature.

– Yoga Sutra I:2-3

The Buddha’s training in yogic techniques of meditation gave him a basis to proceed in his own practice and enlightenment. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the classical treatise on yoga, is a fascinating exposition of the Yoga School’s view of reality and the means to enlightenment. Like the Buddha’s teaching, it cuts right to the heart of the matter and has much to offer modern Buddhist practitioners in understanding basic concepts of mind, its functions, and how method (sadhana) can ideally be applied.

This workshop will explain key principles of meditation as expounded by Patanjali, including requirements of practice, levels of detachment (vairagya), the place of nonviolence (ahimsa), discriminative discernment (viveka), and cognitive (samprajnata) samadhi. Explanations of Sanskrit technical terms important in both Yoga and Sankhya traditions will enrich our understanding of these principles. Frequent reference to the key commentaries of Vyasa (5th century), Vacaspati Misra (9th century) and Hariharananda Aranya (20th century) will assist us in encountering the sutras. How these essential elements of Patanjali’s system of yoga are understood will offer fresh insight on similar elements of orthodox Buddhist practices.

About the Instructor: Paul H. Sherbow is on the faculty of the Religion Department at Rutgers University, where he lectures on Hinduism and Hindu Philosophy. Following the path of bhakti yoga throughout the late 60s and 70s, he lived for many years in ashrams in the West and in India, learning Sanskrit and editing several classic Sanskrit scriptural texts. Paul is currently working on traditional Sanskrit commentaries on the Bhagavad-gita, select Upanisads, and Pantanjali’s Yoga-sutra.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
The Path of Yoga, with Paul Sherbow
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •