24

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12

Hours

06

Mins

Buddha and the Yogis: Freedom on the Path to Compassion

October 12 - October 17, 2020

Richard Freeman

Mary Taylor

Robert A.F. Thurman

Diving deeply into the complementary teachings of Mahayana Buddhism and classical Indian thought, we find at the core the common ground of cultivating compassion within the context of daily life. This turns out to be an essential step toward peeling away layers of confusion and habitual ways of thinking and acting that keep us stuck and unable to experience the interpenetrating nature of all things.During this week of yoga, meditation, storytelling, chanting and lively discussions, we will explore how these two traditions are profoundly relevant to life in the 21st Century. As a backdrop to the practices, we will study sections of the Amrta Siddhi, Yogavaśiṣta, Vimalakirti Sūtra, Narada Bhakti Sūtra and Heart Sūtra, exploring how these practices and teachings stimulate our creative imagination for problem solving as well as how they ignite the intuitive sense of who we really are as part of the ecosystem we call life.
ScheduleMonday, October 12th
  • 3:00 - 8:00pm  Check-In
  • 4:15 - 6:00pm  Early Arrival Asanas
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9pm  Welcome & Opening Discussion (All Faculty)
Tuesday, October 13th – Friday, October 16th
  • 6:00 - 7:15am  Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice (Mary and assistant will begin assisting at 6am, but you may begin as early as you like)
  • 7:15 - 8:45am  Guided Asana Class (Richard and Mary)
  • 9:00 - 10:00am  Breakfast
  • 10:45am - 12:00pm  Chanting and Meditation (Richard and Mary)
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm  Free time
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm  Lunch
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm  Free Time
  • 4:00 - 5:45pm  Afternoon Class
  • 6:00 - 7:15pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:00pm  Evening Discussion (All Faculty)
Saturday, October 17th
  • 6:00 - 7:15am  Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice (Mary and assistant will begin assisting at 6am, but you may begin as early as you like)
  • 7:15 - 8:45am  Guided Asana Class (Richard and Mary)
  • 9:00 - 10:00am  Breakfast and Check Out
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm  Closing Discussion (All Faculty)
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm  Lunch & Departure
*Please note that schedule is subject to change.

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Richard Freeman

A student of yoga since 1968 and is one of America's foremost teachers of yoga. He has studied various traditions in Asia which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois. Richard is an avid student of both Western and Eas...

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology. In 1988, Mary traveled to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, cooking, movement, anatomy and art. Mary has authored three cookbooks ...

Robert A.F. Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

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