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Thinking with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali


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Preface Introduction List of Abbreviations I. Consciousness and Body Chapter 1 Reflections on Liberated Consciousness Ian Whicher Chapter 2 On Metaphysics and Imagination (bhavana); a Note on Patanjali's Siddhis as Yogic Visualization Yohanan Grinshpon Chapter 3 The Perfect Body in Classical Yoga Philosophy Ana Laura Funes Maderey II. Realism vs. Idealism Chapter 4 The Purported Realism of Classical Yoga Mikel Burley Chapter 5 Realism and Omniscience in the Yogasutra Kevin Perry Maroufkhani and Arindam Charkrabarti III. Patanjala Yoga and Other Traditions Chapter 6 Yoga and the Yogasutra in Classical Darsana Stephen Phillips Chapter 7 Can there be a Science of Meditation? Arindam Chakrabarti IV. Suffering, Death, and Return to Origins Chapter 8 The Making and Unmaking of the Self: Patanjali's Yogasutra and the Experience of Trauma Stephanie Corigliano Chapter 9 Abhinivesa: Patanjala-yoga on Death and Life Daniel Raveh Chapter 10 Activity, Cessation, and a Return to Origins in the Yoga Sutra Christopher Key Chapple Bibliography List of Contributors

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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 in Los Angeles. Ana Laura Funes Maderey is assistant professor of philosophy at Eastern Connecticut State University.


Classical Yoga Philosophy continues to bestow its treasures of wisdom in Thinking with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Written by leading experts in the field, the 10 original essays in this volume display philosophical ingenuity, academic rigor, and sensitivity to practice. Explore hidden nuances of Patanjali's system of yoga by thinking with the contributors to this wonderful book. -- Geoffrey Ashton, University of San Francisco
Scholarly studies and research in the field of Yoga have not been as productive as the extent to which various forms of yoga have been popularized. Even when issues related to the history of yoga come to public discourse, most of the philosophical aspects have remained unaddressed. The edited volume, Thinking with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: Translation and Interpretation, reflects this timely need. The volume addresses issues such as consciousness and body, realism and idealism, the yoga system of Patanjali in light of other yoga systems, and issues related to human suffering and death. Divided in ten chapters, this volume is a collection of essays from some of the finest scholars in the field. This work helps bridge theory and practice in yoga and supports a multi-disciplinary approach to studying yoga. This work will inspire the next generation in various areas of yoga studies, comparative philosophy and theology. -- Staneshwar Timalsina, San Diego State University
A fascinating book for all Yoga Sutra readers who look for some fresh and insightful interpretations of Patanjali's philosophy. We are drawn in thinking with the text indeed. The authors of this well-crafted collection offer a diversity of philosophical perspectives and in-depth readings which go beyond the historical and philological explication of the sutras. -- Marzenna Jakubczak, Professor of Philosophy, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Board Member of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy

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