Meditation and the Path to Liberation in Classical Yoga Scripture

CRN: 
9999
Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2018
Times: 
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Instructor(s): 
John Muecke
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

The classical teachings on the nature of consciousness and spiritual liberation in the yoga tradition are rooted in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (circa 400 BCE). In four succinct chapters, Patanjali presents a practice of meditation intended to awaken fully the mind’s potential wisdom, thereby exposing the illusions that keep us bound to experiences of suffering. Although not a course instructing the physical postures, participants will gain a correct understanding of yoga worldview that greatly deepens the effect of the physical practice. Sessions will include discourse on key ideas, questions and engaged critical discussion. Required text: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin F. Bryant, ISBN-13: 978-0865477360.

Course outline

John Muecke (jcmuecke@gmail.com) holds a Master of Arts in religious studies from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee. He continues studies in the open and esoteric teachings as preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition. John typically teaches directly from classical root scriptures and commentaries with attention to presenting the ideas accurately and preserving their benefit for our and future generations.