Online Resources for Buddhist & Yoga Studies
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True Origins of Yoga with Hareesh Wallis
A video lecture on the history of yoga from a scholar-practitioner.
Roots of Yoga with James Mallinson and Mark Singleton
A video interview with two of the world’s foremost scholars of yoga history. Sir James Mallinson is a lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London; Mark Singleton is a long-term research fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies.
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AUDIO TALKS ON BUDDHIST HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHICAL DEVELOPMENTS
Buddhism before Theravada John Peacock
The Buddha did not teach in a vacuum. His teachings were directed to those who shared the social world in which he lived. John Peacock, a British scholar who studies and translates in more than a dozen languages and is familiar with the philosophical environment of the Buddha’s day, maintains that by framing the Buddha’s teachings in their original context, it is possible to recover the original meaning of teachings that have been ignored and lost by later Buddhist schools—including the Theravada. This weekend class will examine many of the ways in which Buddhist practice was radically different from the Brahmanical and Upanishadic thinking of the time and, indeed, how it differs in substantive ways from much present day understanding of the Dharma. The exploration will detail the Buddha’s shift away from metaphysical thinking to a focus on internal experience and ethical activity. In the process there will be consideration of how the Buddha’s earliest teachings diverge from much of the western philosophical tradition, and often from what has become the traditional view of the Dharma today as well.
This is the first of two talks outlining key developments in the evolution of Buddhist schools in India between the death of the Buddha (463 BCE) and the emergence of Dzogchen (ca. 6th cent.). This talk covers the stages of classical (or Nikaya) Buddhism up to the beginning of the Mahayana.
This is the second of two talks outlining key developments in the evolution of Buddhist schools in India between the death of the Buddha and the emergence of Dzogchen. This talk covers briefly the origins of the Mahayana, Nagarjuna, Yogacara and Vajrayana.
ONLINE STUDY PROGRAMS
VIDEO COLLECTIONS OF MAHAYANA TEACHINGS
SHORT OUTLINE OF THE STAGES OF THE PATH
You might be wondering where all the Zen stuff is.
Well, unfortunately, there’s not a strong tradition of education in the Zen school. There’s a plethora of treatises and literature, but nothing that could be called philosophically comprehensive. I do strongly recommend the Albert Low book Zen and the Sutras, Mu Soeng’s Trust in Mind, and Carl Bielefeldt’s Dogen’s Manuals of Zen Meditation. Terebess has a very extensive listing of Zen teachers and their treatises.
Happy Studies y’all.