Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Yogis of Tibet (video)

JEHM Films via Gavin Somnia; TEXT: Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit

What is the "yoga"  that yogis and yoginis practice as a religion? In Tibet it's probably tantra, which is a vast collection of practices good and bad. But Patanjali (not Padmasambhava) gathered up the diverse yogic teachings and made a systematic eightfold approach to liberation by union (yoga means "yoking") with the breath (spirit, invisible life force energy, the divine). This eightfold path or Ashtanga Yoga mimicked the historical Buddha's very popular Noble Eightfold Path, taking its form to present it to an audience in India who themselves did not have access to the Brahmin  priests' Vedas ("Knowledge Books") and other teachings. Eight components of yoga:

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