The Royal Path to Enlightenment: Talks on Patanjali Yoga Sutras

Edwin Bryant


The Royal Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of yoga. These talks will consist of a close reading of Patanjali's original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein yoga is defined and the state of samadhi described as well as focusing on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical yoga and its goals.