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Chris Chapple: Five Element Meditations in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas

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Five Element Meditations in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas

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Meditation on the five elements can be found throughout the religious literature and practices of India. This talk will summarize a multi-decade investigation of the five great elements (pañca-mahābhūta) in the Vedas, Upanisads, the Yogavāsiṣṭha and Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā of Hinduism; the Mahārāhulovāda, Dhātu Vibhaṅga and Visuddhimagga of Buddhism; and the Ācārāṅga Sūtra and Jñānārṇava of Jainism. Drawing from his recent book Living Landscapes (SUNY Press, 2020), Chapple will share images created by Gabriela Ayala-Canizares and reflections on how this material has helped shape the training of Yoga teachers through the Green Yoga Association and the LMU certificate in Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change.

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Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has published more than 20 books and serves as advisor to multiple organizations including the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale), the Ahimsa Center (Pomona), the Dharma Academy of North America (Berkeley), the Jain Studies Centre (SOAS, London), the South Asian Studies Association, and the International School for Jain Studies (New Delhi).

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SOAS is leading the way in the new field of yoga studies, which is growing rapidly around the globe. We host the Hatha Yoga Project, a research initiative funded by the European Research Council, which will chart the history of physical yoga practices, and we are one of only four universities in the world to offer an MA in Yoga and Meditation. The Centre of Yoga Studies is a hub for scholars, students and all those interested in yoga and hosts lecture series, seminars and workshops in order to share our work, learn from that of others and develop new collaborations.

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