Free Community Offering: Elements in the World: The Witness and Yoga by Dr. Chris Chapple
YogaGlo (1800 Berkeley Street, Santa Monica 90404), Thursday, March 13th, 9:00 a.m.
Samkhya philosophy lies at the core of the religions of India. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism all rely upon the articulation of the reality as articulated by this ancient and timely tradition. In this series of lectures (combined with asana and pranayama) we will explore how the witness consciousness is served by the dance of material reality, and how that dance can bring one to freedom. This specific workshop, which will be taped for future streaming, will address the following themes:* The Art of the Contemplative Gaze* Engagement in the Dance* The Samkhya Karika: Philosophical Proofs for Manifest Reality* The Samkhya Karika: Philosophical Proofs for Witness Consciousness* Earth, Water, and Fire in the Yogavasistha* Air, Space, and Freedom in the Yogavasistha
Each theme will involve movement and be linked with asana.
Free Lecture: The Yogi and the Magician: Yoga, Science, and the Conjuring of Modernity by Dr. Patton Burchett
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3700, Wednesday, March 19th, 8:00 p.m.
This talk will examine the figure of Indian yogi as both a source of wonder and a key foil for notions of modern rationality in the discourses of both Westerners and Indians in the nineteenth and early 20th century. In particular, the lecture will demonstrate the little known but significant influence of Victorian stage magicians on Western perceptions of yogis, as well as Hindu reformers' responses to these characterizations of yogis and thus yoga. The talk thus explores the crucial, but ambiguous place held by the yogi in the context of rising "modernity," especially in reference to the problems posed by his association with supernatural powers and his public performances of austerities, "juggling," and sense deceptions. We will look at 19th and 20th century images and discourses of stage magicians with the representations of yogis by Orientalist scholars and colonial officials, looking at the multiple semantic and visual fields of "magic" in order to understand the combination of awe, wonder, skepticism, and dismissal that characterized attitudes toward yoga in an age that saw the rise to dominance of discourses of science and rationality.
Patton Burchett is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Religious Studies Program at New York University (NYU). He received his doctorate in South Asian Religions in 2012 from Columbia University’s Department of Religion. His work focuses primarily on Hindu devotional (bhakti) and tantric traditions in north India in the early modern period (the subject of his current book project, Bhakti Religion and Tantric Magic: Yogis, Poets, & Sufis in Mughal India), but he also has a major research interest in the relations between magic, science, and religion and his next project will examine the interaction and development of these three categories in India by tracing out how “yoga” was perceived, appropriated, and transformed in the service of “modern” projects of both rationality and enchantment, spirituality and secularism. His published work includes “The ‘Magical’ Language of Mantra,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion76.4 (2008), “Bhakti Rhetoric in the Hagiography of ‘Untouchable’ Saints: Discerning Bhakti’s Ambivalence on Caste and Brahminhood,” International Journal of Hindu Studies 13.2 (2009), and “Bitten by the Snake: Early Modern Devotional Critiques of Tantra-Mantra,” Journal of Hindu Studies (2013).
Free Lecture: Samkhya and Yoga on the Problem of the One and the Many in Indian Philosophy by Dr. Gerald J. Larson
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3700, Wednesday, April 9th, 8:00 p.m.
The evening will feature a presentation by Gerald J. Larson, Ph.D., M.Div., Research Professor, University of California, Irvine, and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara and Indiana University Bloomington.
Lecture: Gallery Talk with Dr. Chris Chapple
Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum, Wednesday, April 18th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Chris Chapple, Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount Univeristy, as he discusses his work and contributions to the exhibition catalogue for Yoga: The Art of Transformation.
Free with museum admission. Co-presented by the California Institue for Integrative Studies. http://www.asianart.org/events/312?starttime=1393315200
Free Lecture: Vedic Poetry and Its Journey Toward Yoga by Rati Saxena
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3700, Wednesday April 30th, 8:00 p.m.
Rati Saxena is a Vedic scholar, poet, translator, editor, and Director of the Kritya Poetry Festival. Saxena received her Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the University of Rajasthan and focused her study on the Vedas, with an emphasis on the Atharvaveda. Saxena received the Kendriya Sahitya Akedemy award for translation in 2000 and has published eight collections of poetry in both English and Hindi, including one Travelodge and a critical work on the renowned Malayalam poet Balamani Amma. Her work on the Atharvaveda, entitled: The Seeds of the Mind: A Fresh Approach to the Study of Atharvaveda, was published under the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts fellowship. Saxena is a founding member of: Asia for the World Poetry Movement - Medellin, as well as both an editor and managing trustee for the bilingual poetry web journal Kritya (www.kritya.in), through which she has organized eight national and international poetry festivals. Saxena has been invited to prestigious poetry festivals, including "PoesiaPresente" in Monza (Italy), the Mediterranean Festival, the International House of Stavanger (Norway), the Struga Poetry Evening, Macedonia, and the renown Medellin Poetry Festival in Colombia.